“SONG FOR EWE”
with NICOLE SCHNEIT of
“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 leader of Brooklyn based band Air Waves whose distinctive voice and deeply personal lyrics remind me of old VS favourite Thalia Zedek (Live Skull, Uzi, Come etc). Album “Warrior” features cover art of a photo taken by her father, Martin Scheit, during the inaugural Earth Day in 1970 and coloured by artist Em Rooney, and it’s beautifully haunting, cold war terror tempered by amber hued warmth seems to sum up both the music and our guest’s indefatigable spirit. Welcome to Velvet Sheep, Nicole Schneit!
“Warrior” is what Nicole Schneit has needed to be as a gay woman fighting against a patriarchy that has increased its testosterone tendrils in the 21st century in spite of what seemed like a wind of late 80s/early 90s change. Lyrically she deals with fighting for basic rights, dignity and acceptance, and also with the recent fight against fallopian cancer by her mother (also pure “Warrior” and inspiration). It’s inevitable also that she must take on the post truth crudity and incredulity of the Trump era – not with as you might think the song “Tangerine” (although that is his hue, that one’s inspired by the movie of the same name about two trans women trying to hustle a living as prostitutes), but rather with the tune “Gay Bets”. Of this one Nicole, written in the long, dark shadow of the 2016 presidential election, has said it’s “about being gay and being proud and open. I was thinking about hate crimes spiking and the current state of the world. My friend Jennifer Moore, who sings on the track, was my partner a long time ago, so I felt like I was writing a fuck you to Trump, for trying to take away queer rights, women’s rights, people’s rights.”
Schneit’s music is nuanced, but inclusive. Strong and hopeful. Here’s the title song from the new album “Warrior” (out now on Western Vinyl) as a tantalising little appetiser…
Nicole’s song choice did not disappoint, it’s a band I’ve been lucky enough to see live with a brilliantly syncopated and energising tune…so without further ado, it’s over to Nicole for her “song for ewe”…
“The Raincoats “You’re A Million”
I’m drawn to the manic nature of this love song. The slow and fast instrumentation cutting in and out.
It reminds me of having a deep love for someone but it not working out, of there being too many complications even though you want to ignore the obstacles.
The pulsing nature of the instruments and the lyrics feel symbolic of a love relationship that it being held on by a thread. “You’re a million and I”m yours, you’re a million and I’m not yours.”
THANKS A LOT TO NICOLE AND TO LUCY HURST OF BUT I LIKE YOU PR
Here’s another piece of “Warrior”…(reminiscent of a blissful union between Vivien Goldman and our old mate the aforementioned Thalia Zedek)
The album is available here now…
and there’s more about the band here…