Long Distance Call
By Jon Averill
1. Chromatics – The Telephone Call
Some late night atmospherics to start us off from ‘Night Drive/Original Motion Picture Soundtrack IV’ accompanied by some London rain I recorded.
2. How To Dress Well – When I Was In Trouble
HTDW bring melancholy & starkness to the genre. Sounds more like the soundtrack to the walk home after breaking up with your girlfriend (suitable to this podcast) than champagne & gold chains.
3. Inc. – Swear
Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis on Ketamine.
4. fLako – Mating Dance
For me music is at it’s best when it sounds unconventional, surprises you & demands your attention. fLako’s afro-electronics ticks all the boxes.
5. Chosen Gospel Singers – Prayer For The Doomed
This track was recorded at some time in the late 1950s & though a million miles away in process, to me has a lot in common with the previous tracks by How To Dress Well & Inc.
6. Daniel Bernard Roumain & Ryuichi Sakamoto – The Need To Be
‘The Need To Be’ is taken from a compilation with the lengthy title of ‘DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid* – Sound Unbound Audio Companion: Excerpts & Allegories From The Sub Rosa Archives’, which is to accompany his book of the same name.
7. Edgar Froese – Icarus
Edgar Froese was a founding member of seminal German act Tangerine Dream. in 1978 Froese released his solo album ‘Ages’ after major differences with his bandmates. According to Froese, it was recorded at a very emotional time in his career.
8. Dom Thomas – Gin & Tonic
From the Finders Keepers & B-Music Crew; Dom Thomas blurs the lines between mixtape & original composition
9. Robert Ashley – Bruno Part 1
Robert Ashley is a contemporary American composer whose work traverses opera, experimental electronic music & theatrical works. ‘Bruno Part 1’ is a hypnotic spoken word piece that is similar in tone to Laurie Anderson’s ‘O Superman’.
10. Lee Hazlewood – Hands
Ah, our old pal Lee Hazlewood is back – possibly the most featured artist ever on the World Service. Wouldn’t you know it, poor old Lee is down on his luck & of course it’s a woman that’s the source of his troubles. Chin up son.
11. Hackman – Forgotten Notes
This track is released on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Records, named after North London’s Brownswood Road, which my old house backs on to. A fact interesting only to me.
12. Vangelis – Multi Track Suggestion
Van the man in rare disco mode, disco with his unique take on it as you would expect. This is from the 1980 album ‘See You Later’ which sees him experimenting with electronic sounds for the first time. 2 years later he would take his electronic sounds to new heights & greater acclaim with the Blade Runner soundtrack.
13. Oneohtrix Point Never – Betrayed In The Octagon
The Brooklyn-based musician Daniel Lopatin describes the track as "a stoned space epic about one really bad day in the life of an astronaut.", & that is good enough for me.
14. Robert Frost – Reluctance
Another piece of spoken wordery by American poet Robert Frost
15. Julia Holter – Goddess Eyes (Echo Manor Version)
Holter’s music builds up from layers of patient, breathy voices & strings that seem to slowly sneak up on, rather than impose themselves on you.
16. Bill Fay – The Never Ending Happening
Revealing itself behind some Arsenal fans (thanks lads) is ‘The Never Ending Happening’, simply one of the most heartfelt & beautiful pieces of music i’ve heard in a long time.
17. Seti The First – Sugar To Sea Lion
I’ve been a big fan of Seti The First for a while, only very recently discovering they were two Irish musicians; Kevin Murphy & Thomas Haugh.
18. F.J. McMahon – Sister Brother
Released in 1969, following a stint serving in the U.S. Air Force. The album’s outsider, lo-fi folk vibe pulls from his experiences in Vietnam & has become a top item among collectors & folk/psych lovers alike.