“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 an arresting singer/songwriter who came to prominence as the unique and singular vocalist and one third of arch pop provocateurs Black Box Recorder. The story goes that while she was doing BVs for a folk band called Balloon, Sarah was approached by John Moore (who’d been drumming with the Jesus & Mary Chain) and Luke Haines, the music inkies doyen/enfant terrible from The Auteurs to join them and become famous. And hence the Black Box Recorder debut “England Made Me” became infamous among critics extolling its cerebral and catchy virtues.

After three albums, a TOTP appearance, a hiatus and several reformations (the last in 2010), including a memorable collaboration with Art Brut, Sarah has also prolifically released terrific solo material – “Sing, Memory” in 2007, “Brave Tin Soldiers” in 2011 and at the stinging tail end of last year “Night Walks”. With a timeless voice that’s imperially beautiful, inherently sinister and indubitably ethereal, welcome to Velvet Sheep, Sarah Nixey!

Here’s “Coming Up For Air” from said new album…

Sarah’s style is tricky to categorise, so it was hard to second guess her choice of tune, and it’s an absolute delight and education. So, without further ado, this is Sarah’s “song for ewe”…

“The Bulgarian State Radio and Television Female Vocal Choir
Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares Volume 1 – Kalimankou Denkou (The Evening Gathering)

I love this music ensemble. The singers have such wonderfully free and beautiful voices. This track in particular is incredibly ethereal and entrancing. I was playing it when I woke up this morning, after a conversation with a friend last night about Bulgarian music. Now I can’t stop listening to it.”


Here’s another track from “Night Walks” and you can also get the album from within said link: