Tag: Will Oldham

KIRA SKOV – Song For Ewe

“Despite my deep infatuation with Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Chet Baker I always found jazz vocals to be a really difficult practise. But this album overall transcends the pitfalls of the genre. It’s really a great hybrid that reaches into the future, sounding totally fresh today. Laurie Anderson meets Nina Simone on the Mountain top!”

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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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RACHEL GRIMES of RACHEL’S – Song For Ewe

“Such a magnificently weird journey – creepy vocal harmonies, heavy restrained pacing, opening into a euphoric middle section with soaring strings, then back to the menace….and fade out. So bold and sure of itself, so unique and oblivious to any commercial expectation. This song and the production is a commitment to completely serve the imagination and only the imagination.”

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EMMA RUTH RUNDLE – Song For Ewe

“From what I can tell, it’s about a tenuous relationship coming to an end- but what really grabbed me about this track is the, at first, restrained harmonies Tondi and his female counterpart cultivate, which become this cascade of distress and finally resolve back into the guitar and bass parts that greeted you at the start.”

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