“SONG FOR EWE”
with PAULA RAE GIBSON & KIT DOWNES
“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 another collaborative affair. Paula Rae Gibson is a prolific artist notable for her photography, lyricism and wispy and whistful vocals. Paula has released five albums, having previously worked in conjunction with Will Gregory of Goldfrapp and jazz artistes Ivo Neame and Martyn Baker.
This time Paula’s joined forces with the otherworldly, meditative understatement of acclaimed composer and pianist Kit Downes, who’s previously recorded with VS fav Squarepusher plus Seb Rochford (Polar Bear) and Aidan O’Rourke for a breathless album of glacial beauty called “Emotion Machine”. In their own words it’s “drawing inspiration fromDelta Blues, Icelandic Art Rock and Early Music” and to me it’s like “Mingus Plays Piano” with Liz Fraser channelling Nina Simone. Delicately poised, the space in the music is artful and dripping with meaningful menace. Welcome to Velvet Sheep, each choosing their own studious “song for ewe”, sensitive sonic architects – Paula Rae Gibson and Kit Downes…
Without further ado, here’s Kit and Paula’s respective and resonant “songs for ewe”…
Track: ‘Ladies load the telegraph’ (from ‘Circulate Sussana’ by Cory Smythe – Pyroclastic Records)
“A tribute to his square-dancing past, this super abstracted other-wordly amorphous extended technique-ridden is the most original thing I’ve heard all year – featuring three amazing musicians with incredible sonic palettes.”
Paula Rae Gibson
“I’ve been re listening to ‘Implosions’ by Stephen Micas which just takes me to that place I want to stay- full of longing and sigh.”
“Emotion Machine” is out now on Slowfoot Records.
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THANKS TO PAULA AND KIT AND TO SEAN NEWSHAM AT MUTANTE