& S T F U

“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 a man whose band Curve I first saw when their ace video “Fait Accompli” featured on the ITV Chart Show among the (wait for it every 3 weeks) indie chart. In amongst the shonky 80s GFX of that show, with it’s VHS icons and fast forward and reverse shash, “Fait Accompli” has truly stood the test of time, a brooding masterpiece of gothic pop and fuzz. I was hooked, on that and its album Doppelgänger (25 years old this year!). Since that he’s been creating great soundscapes hand over fist, with bands including long running, on-going SPC ECO (with his daughter Rose Berlin), and, most recently a duo called S T F U. Clearly a man who loves an effects pedal, a keyboard and an acronym, welcome to VS, Dean Garcia!

The debut S T F U album features Dean with Preston Maddox of Bloody Knives, and it’s as if Howling Bells had a pow-wow with Martin Gore. If you like dream pop that can truly envelop your ears and your soul, you’re in for a treat with “What We Want”. Utterly timeless and totally immersive. It could as easily have been recorded in the 80s on 4AD as been on hipster labels such as Trevor Jackson’s Output or chin-stroking ones like Jon Tye’s Lo Recordings.

Don’t take my word for it, get your lug-holes round it here…the art work massively intrigues me with a tag (or tab?) marked with the skate brand Lakai that I have on many occasions rocked. It’s just made me look up their ethics just in case! None the wiser, but doubly curious. And likewise the album asks more questions that it answers, which increases it’s musical magnetism.

Getting a song choice from Dean has been a pleasant surprise, coming as it did out of the blue from a charming new PR acquaintance, and what he picked is a real curiosity…so without further ado, it’s over to our man Garcia with his appropriately haunting and succinct “song for ewe”…

“A great intro to any day, hopefully new to some, featured as an intro song to classic gothic horror film The Innocents which celebrates an avant garde electronic soundscape by the experimental composer Georges Auric (see also Cocteau / Satre) They don’t make them like this anymore. Here she has imitated a child’s voice.

O Willow Waly. Performed by Isla Cameron
Composed by Georges Auric
Intro song ‘The Innocents’ 1961″

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