north marine drive is the debut album of ben watt. the album was released on cherry red in 1983, prior to watt's success in everything but the girl, and reached number one in the uk indie chart the same year. the tone of the album is reflective and melancholic, reminiscent of some of the more stripped-down work of everything but the girl.
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hidden behind walls of sound and tape hiss, parsley sound are convinced they make mainstream pop music. to a large extent, they’re right. to us, the parsley’s music is pop captured at its most impure. it’s infectious, melodic, direct and comes in waves of vivid and spirited emotions. each of the eleven tracks that make up the album are subtle yet immediate and deceptively well-crafted; the warmth is certainly there for all to hear - as the update once said, “you can almost feel the sun on your neck.”
a fascinating new mix prepared by the late broadcast singer trish keenan has emerged.
the sad passing of trish keenan has hit music fans hard. the broadcast singer took ill when touring in australia, and despite being admitted to hospital passed away due to compilations with pneumonia. a stunning vocalist, trish keenan seemed to embody everything which was great about broadcast. the band's mixture of creaking electronics with wyrd folk songwriting seemed otherworldly, with keenan's voice hinting at something intangible.
movietone create beguiling musical statements that draw explicit influence from the coastlines of england. when the band recorded a film as a backdrop to their live shows, it featured band members in home made sea-creature outfits and concluded with one of the group wriggling about in the sand dressed as a starfish while their last, lovely release the blossom filled streets invoked images like "1950s chairs weathered by the salt in the air, rocks and grey and the sand and the yellow and the aquamarine in the ocean.
white noise is an experimental electronic music band formed in london, england, in 1968 by american-born david vorhaus, a classical bass player with a background in physics and electronic engineering. he was initially joined by bbc radiophonic workshop composers delia derbyshire and brian hodgson, who had formerly both been members of electronic music project unit delta plus.
the marine girls were a post-punk group from hatfield, hertfordshire. the group was formed in 1980, by two sixth form school friends: tracey thorn and gina hartman. originally, thorn just played guitar and hartman was the lead vocalist and percussionist. thorn overcame her shyness and started singing too by the time they started making records. they were later joined by jane fox on bass and her younger sister, alice, on joint vocals and percussion.
when snowball was released in 1989, the cover art itself made a statement. released in a plain mauve cover, on 10" vinyl, with the song titles simply printed on the back, the debut album from london's the field mice showed their post-punk roots with artwork so basic as to be boldly provocative.
ela orleans (hb recordings, parental guidance) is a polish musician now based in glasgow, uk.
she was a member of pop collagists hassle hound, has played with various luminaries of the new york experimental and noise scenes and is a composer for the screen and theatre. over the course of orleans’ music career, her tagline and brief description for her music has always been “movies for ears”. in the work orleans pushes her pastoral pop roots into more cinematic terrain, experimenting with carefully considered sound art segments, complex electronic textures and orchestral flourishes. she has a number of solo recordings and numerous collaborative releases on labels such as all saints records, warp, parental guidance, la station radar, night people, clan destine records, twisted nerve and staubgold. she currently works on her upcoming lp with musician and producer – howie b. the record will be released by hb recordings in spring 2015.