“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 the striking vocalist and guitarist in the band Art Trip & The Static Sound who have a brand new single “Iron Lung” ahead of their second album “A Week Of Kindness”.
Long time artist and also mother to two members of the band Skinny Girl Diet who have also featured on these pages, Melodie is a vocational punk for whom this band is her calling – coming on strong like Poly Styrene fronting Wire meets the Television Personalities, and she’s chosen a truly resonant tune, so I’m super chuffed to welcome to VS, the irrepressible force that is Melodie Holliday!
First up though check out “Iron Lung”…
“Iron Lung” was recorded with Luis Felber and Andy Ramsey (Stereolab) and mixed by Simon Holliday and the album is on the near horizon, but what other music makes Melodie tick? Without further ado, this is Melodie’s erudite and top drawer “song for ewe”…
“Butterfly – CAN
Album Can Delay 1968
Malcolm Mooney is an inspiration to me. He is a man who lives to make art and makes art to live. At a time when young people are encouraged to make art long-term only if it is deemed worthy of making money Malcolm Mooney’s work with Can and his lifetime in the arts is a timely reminder that in the past art never needed explicitly to make money. Once a upon a time you could paint, draw, stand on your head if you wanted to and re- invent the wheel just because it felt good and none of your close circle of friends would put pressure on you to get a real job because those people that insisted upon that were ‘squares’ and so you hung around with like minded people ……I hope you can see where i’m going with this!
What do you get when you combine the talents of a Black American Poet Artist and Singer with a German Krautrock band you get this amazing album that makes so much sense to me. Malcolm Mooney’s voice is just so full of rebellion because the way he sings is not playing to any kind of stereotypes about what he should or shouldn’t sound like. The trance like repetition of the vocals is hypnotic and I love the way Mooney uses his voice.
From the moment I heard the album I got a real sense of some kind of African influence in this and I was like what the hell is this, this is amazing! It gets me every time how this could be a modern tune (modern album). It is really interesting that this album/ song is obscure because it is so excellent and challenges so many of today’s viewpoints about music categorisation.”
MANY THANKS TO MELODIE AND TO SEAN NEWSHAM AT MUTANTE.
While you’re here why not check out the recent “song for ewe” by Delilah Holliday of Skinny Girl Diet…