Each month, Craig and Mark from Irish music website Fractured Air will curated an exclusive mix on Blogothèque with old favourites, new comers, excerpts of interviews and premieres.
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For May’s mixtape we are delighted to present a pair of exclusive tracks by two of Ireland’s finest songwriters: Adrian Crowley and Katie Kim.
Since his debut release at the turn of the century (A Strange Kind), Adrian Crowley has quietly established himself as one of the finest songwriters of his generation. With seven studio albums to date (Crowley’s most recent record is Some Blue Morning, released in 2014 via Glasgow-based label Chemikal Underground) Crowley’s reputation has been built upon his poetic lyricism, distinctive baritone and a natural gift for storytelling. Presented here exclusively for this mix is Adrian Crowley’s haunting cover version of U.S. folk legend Jackson C. Frank’s “Milk And Honey”.
While the Buffalo-born musician Jackson Carey Frank only released the one album during his lifetime (his Paul Simon-produced self-titled debut from 1965) Frank’s reputation has steadily grown in recent times, in no small part due to Ba Da Bing’s release of The Complete Recordings (2015) and the 10” vinyl issue of Forest Of Eden (Secret Records, 2013), a collection of previously unreleased tracks and demos.
We’re equally thrilled to present an exclusive track by another of Ireland’s best-loved and consistently intriguing songwriters, Katie Kim (the pseudonym for Waterford-born Katie Sullivan). With two full-length albums to date (2008’s Twelve and 2012’s double LP Cover&Flood) a third LP, entitled Salt, is scheduled for release later in 2016. Katie Kim has supported the likes of Low and Slint to date while her diverse influences stem from the realms of experimental, folk, post-rock, shoegaze, ambient and outsider folk.
Also presented in May’s mixtape is a number of long-established cornerstones to the independent music scene who have debut records for their latest projects:
Four-piece Liima features Efterklang’s Mads Brauer, Casper Clausen and Rasmus Stolberg who are joined by Finnish percussionist Tatu Rönkkö. The band’s 4AD debut is entitled ii.
Dieterich & Barnes is the new collaboration between Jeremy Barnes (A Hawk And A Hacksaw, Neutral Milk Hotel) and Deerhoof’s John Dieterich who released their scintillating debut The Coral Casino on LM Duplication earlier this year.
“You + Your D.Metal Friend” is the latest improvisational project from Cico Beck (Joasihno, Aloa Input, the Notwist) and Markus Acher (the Notwist, Tied & Tickled Trio, Rayon). The duo’s debut album Sonnier is available via the forever-dependable German independent label Alien Transistor.
01. William S. Burroughs – “Origin and Theory of the Tape Cut-Ups” (excerpt) (Sub Rosa)
02. Jóhann Jóhannsson – “Melodia (I)” (4AD)
03. Moondog – “Each Today Is Yesterday’s Tomorrow” (Columbia)
04. Mark Pritchard – “Beautiful People” (feat. Thom Yorke) (Warp)
05. Tim Hecker – “Music of the Air” (4AD)
06. Andy Stott – “Too Many Voices” (Modern Love)
07. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – “Envelop” (Western Vinyl)
08. Joasihno – “Wondrous Sibling” (Alien Transistor)
09. Dieterich & Barnes – “What” (LM Duplication)
10. Liima – “Amerika” (4AD)
11. Wildbirds & Peacedrums – “Soft Wind, Soft Death” (The Leaf Label)
12. Max Richter – “Path 5” (Mogwai Remix / Edit) (Deutsche Grammophon)
13. Adrian Crowley – “Milk And Honey” (Unreleased)
14. The Beacon Sound Choir – “Drone 1” (excerpt) (Infinite Greyscale)
15. You + Your D. Metal Friend – “Sonnier 6” (Alien Transistor)
16. Homeboy Sandman – “God” (Stones Throw)
17. DJ Danger Mouse – “Interlude” (Self-Released)
18. Dick Dale & His Del-Tones – “Angry Generation” (Ace)
19. DJ Shadow – “Nobody Speak” (feat Run The Jewels) (Mass Appeal)
20. Ria Bartok – “Tu La Revois” (Ace)
21. Julianna Barwick – “Same” (Dead Oceans)
22. Georges Delerue – “Paul” (Le Mépris OST, EmArcy)
23. Katie Kim – “Warm Bait” (Unreleased)
24. Christina Vantzou – “Stereoscope” (Steve Hauschildt remix) (Bandcamp)
25. Marissa Nadler – “Waking” (Bella Union / Sacred Bones)
26. Harold Budd – “Afar“ (All Saints)
Fractured Air is an online music webzine based in Cork, Ireland, which focuses on the best of independent music. Having started in July 2012, Fractured Air offers in-depth interviews, insightful reviews, original artwork and frequent mixes (including guest mixes), spanning the broad spectrum of today’s independent music scene.
Compiled by Fractured Air, May 2016. The copyright in these recordings is the property of the individual artists and/or record labels.
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