“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 regular fav, a sonic warrior who regular takes us from Saltburn to the stars, a cosmic voyager on an odyssey of transcendental as anything drift, the ineffably prolific Oli Heffernan. And as if to prove that, he’s not only released one of the albums of the year as a third of University Challenged (“Oh! Temple”), he’s also already put out a great Ivan The Tolerable record, the White Hills meets Sun Ra “White Tears” – with its as ever immaculate self-penned artwork. And he’s got an expansive IMAX of an mind-bender coming out on Hive Mind as part of the esteemed King Champion Sounds ensemble/massive called “Between Two Worlds”. But with a spiritual follow-up to his Mike Watt voiced opus “Out of Season” comes the aptly titled “The Long Year” (a year so long it was actually two right?) by Ivan The Tolerable & His Elastic Band and it’s a real headphones earworms classic. Not only that but Oli also always picks a beaut of a “song for ewe” – so he’s back here for his hat trick!
But first this…from the new reckid.
I’m so enamoured of this new one I’m already playing a track “Venice of the Americas” on the latest episode of Velvet Sheep radio on Repeater-Radio.com this Sat 16 Oct, as it’s a piece of beauty. It was hard to pick a track though since this album is really meant to be listened to as a whole, to let yourself fall into it like an all-enveloping memory (orange?) foam mattress floating through the universe, having launched from just near Venice Beach.
With a musical bed that’s sometimes Neu! sometimes Alice Coltrane (no exclamation), Oli’s playing is beautifully overwritten by the almost solipistic seeming yet deeply poetic spoken word reading of Karen Schoemer, whose almost deadpan delivery is reminiscent of Rickie Lee Jones’ interview as sampled by The Orb on “Little Fluffy Clouds”. The super talented Schoemer wrote all the words spoken by Mike Watt of Minutemen fame (and the rest) on “Out of Season” hence why this feels almost a deeply trippy sequel. There is both a beautiful serenity too it and an oppressiveness, cold with dappled spots of sunlit (not uplands but outlandish) hope.
And natch the cover’s another design classic (this one’s by Limited Output).
He’s also a great arbiter of musical taste, so without further ado, here’s Oli’s third “song for ewe”…
“One of my favourite songs by one of my favourite bands. I love the version off The Faust Tapes a lot, but this one beats it for me. Absolutely relentless.
I listened to Faust a lot over the last 18 months and I reckon some it has seeped into the music I’ve made in that time, here and there, but that’s never a bad thing! I’m super excited for the big box set of their 71-74 stuff that’s coming out soon, especially the unreleased album!
They are playing Le Guess Who festival in Utrecht on the same day as we are in November and they are doing all of Faust IV live. I CANNOT WAIT for that!”
MANY THANKS AGAIN OLI!
“The Long Year” is out on 29th November but you can pre-order here from the Ivan The Tolerable Bandcamp…