“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’s guest is polymath leader of post punk/indie bands Jetstream Pony and The Luxembourg Signal, and who also has or has had a hand in groups including Aberdeen, Charlie Big Time, Trembling Blue Stars and Fireworks. She’s also been involved in Bobby Wratten’s most recent project post Trembling Blue Stars – Lightning In A Twilight Hour. Recently playing at the Indie Tracks Festival, Jetstream Pony are also due to support the most excellent and VS favs The Monochrome Set soon. I found Beth on social media, when it became clear like me she has a TV day job too, so it seemed only right to ask this super-busy, super-talented singer to choose a tune. Welcome to Velvet Sheep, Beth Arzy!
Here’s one from last year’s “Self Destruct Reality” EP – channelling C86/ Popguns with Sarah Records, Lush and Veronica Falls…
Jetstream Pony are based in Brighton, and also features Shaun Charman (The Wedding Present/The Popguns/The Fireworks), and Kerry Boettcher (Turbocat).
Beth Arzy is both super well connected and also well versed in the annals of indie so I was keen to find out her choice of tune and so without further ado, here’s Beth’s “song for ewe”…
“It’s hard to describe Richard Youngs; what he does, how he does it. Every LP is different, every performance is different.
When you see him play live you have no idea what he’s going to do.
Sometimes he lulls you into a transcendental state with one of his hypnotic droney numbers, or he might get the audience swaying like a field of wheat the night before the harvest with a timeless folk song, or he could very well pull something out of the bag that puts the whole room on edge with people looking around like “is this what’s meant to be happening.”
He has MANY releases so I would start with Beyond the Valley of Ultrahits and go deep from there.
Remember how Buffy’s sister was a kind of key? There was a mystical key hidden in her/as her, so she was precious and needed to be protected at all costs? That’s Richard. He’s out of this world cosmiche. “HEY!”
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