Tag: Karen Dalton

PAUL SMITH of MAXIMO PARK – Song For Ewe

“Their harmonies are deliciously tight, but it’s the melody and groove that make this song transcendent. I often think of the African-American origins of gospel when I listen to this powerful type of music, and how the religious idea of an afterlife (providing respite from earthly suffering) is closely tied to the lived experience of racial injustice. Sadly, there is a deep well for gospel singers to draw upon, in that respect. Looking at our current uncertainty and daily isolation, the idea of a better time ahead is a strong one, making this song even more poignant today”

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DAVID LANCE CALLAHAN of WOLFHOUNDS – Song For Ewe

“It’s an unfortunate – though entirely natural – modern consequence of many of the great musical innovations having happened post-war that a lot of people’s online postings are RIP messages about the death of an ailing originator. So it was for me, when remarkable soundtrack composer Ennio Morricone died on 6 July. One of the first LPs I ever owned as a child was the budget RCA Camden version of a compilation of two of his soundtracks, with “A Fistful of Dollars” on one side and “For a Few Dollars More” on the other – it’s still a worthy entry-level purchase for anyone wishing to dive into Morricone’s peerless and bottomless work. A massive influence on my music which, naturally, sounds nothing like it.”

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