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VELVET SHEEP RADIO SHOW EPISODE FORTY SEVEN – Label & Album of 22 special – REPEATER RADIO

This week's episode 47 celebrates: The Velvet Sheep label of the year for 2022 - Hive Mind Records & the VS album of the year for 22 - "Angus Tempus Memoir" by Blue Orchids (Tiny Global Productions) plus "songs for ewe" from these anti-heroes: Marc Teare (Hive Mind), Martin Bramah (Blue Orchids/House of All), Tansy McNally (Blue Orchids), Robert Poss (Band of Susans) and Wyndham Wallace ("Lee, Myself & I")

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BLUE ORCHIDS “Angus Tempus Memoir” – V.S. ALBUM OF THE YEAR 2022

Blue Orchids have always featured highly in Velvet Sheep's end of year round-ups, what with our inaugural "song of year" award in 2018 for "Get Bramah" (from "Righteous Harmony Fist") and a joint award last year for "Deeper Than Sin" (from "Speed The Day"). This year they've landed the big one, the award everyone is talking about (in my house in any case), the (toot too, drum roll please) Velvet Sheep album of the year award 2022 for "Angus Tempus Memoir" (Tiny Global Productions)

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PAUL SMITH of MAXIMO PARK – Song For Ewe

“Their harmonies are deliciously tight, but it’s the melody and groove that make this song transcendent. I often think of the African-American origins of gospel when I listen to this powerful type of music, and how the religious idea of an afterlife (providing respite from earthly suffering) is closely tied to the lived experience of racial injustice. Sadly, there is a deep well for gospel singers to draw upon, in that respect. Looking at our current uncertainty and daily isolation, the idea of a better time ahead is a strong one, making this song even more poignant today”

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LEE RANALDO & RAÜL REFREE – Song(s) For Ewe

“We listened in fascination to these tracks, which ranged from about 20 seconds to 3 minutes (shades of the brevity of California’s The Minutemen, and the UK’s Wire, both of which began around the same time). Turns out they were improvised with 2 microphones and a simple tape machine over 10 days of experimental jamming in the living room of one of the members (we were recording in similar fashion at the time!), then edited down to the album tracks.”

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