“SONG FOR EWE”
with EMMA KUPA of
THE HAYMAN KUPA BAND
“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today it’s one of the principles in a great indie band called The Hayman Kupa Band. They’ve been picking up some play recently on Riley and Jon Hillcock on 6Music (after a Riley session last year) and it’s a joy to behold. The Hayman Kupa Band is a duets project between Darren Hayman of Hefner infamy and today’s guest Emma Kupa, of Standard Fare and Mammoth Penguins.
The album on Fika Recordings was recorded in 3 days in Ramsgate, a place after my heart, and it has got plenty of soul. With a touch of Toe Rag style retro valve production, Allo’ Darlin’ style winsome charm and Cinerama-esque love soliloquising there is tons to love, so I am pleased to welcome Emma to Velvet Sheep!
Full band pic above, with Emma, Michael Wood (bass), Darren and Cat Loye on drums, with album artwork below.
Check out single “A Tent Of Blankets” here…
But what does Emma choose as a “song for ewe”, let’s find out without further ado…
“I played bass on the next Let’s Whisper album back in March this year and on the drive from Vermont where Let’s Whisper are based to the studio in Brooklyn, Colin put on the rarities CD by Dear Nora. I had never heard of them and I really liked it.
So since then I have been listening to their back catalogue and have chosen Oxygen & the Mellow Stuff from the album “Mountain Rock” (I could have picked many other songs by Dear Nora).
I could try and dismantle the qualities of the song (see Pitchfork for a great writeup of this record http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/22730-dear-nora-mountain-rock/) but basically it just feels really good to listen to and it leaves me wanting more.
Dear Nora are touring again after a break, I gather, which is great news! Hopefully they’ll make it over to the UK.”
CHEERS EMMA, AND TO LUCY HURST FROM BUT I LIKE YOU PR
The Hayman Kupa Band album available here:
and more info here: