Hello there Kooba folks. I’ve been a bit busy this summer (getting married, but anyway…), but that doesn’t mean that good music has stopped rolling into Kooba Radio’s in tray. I have a bit of catching up to do with informing you about music and artists I think are worth having a listen to. So let’s fill you up with another dose of On-Air Myles approved tunes.
Dominique Pruitt – To Win Your Love
Dominique Pruitt is a California-based musician who is heavily influenced by rock ‘n’ roll pop tunes of the 50s and 60s. Though there have been a whole heap of retro female singers over the past few years, this tune sticks out as actually being a pleasant pop tune; with a lightness of heart rather than like other established and well known acts (that I’d need not mention further) that plough middle of the road, lumpen, musical furrows.
If you like early to mid-90s indie music from before the rise of cheeky chappy Britpop, then you’ll like these two acts…
Gum – Soon
The first band is Gum. To say that they sound shoe gazey would be an understatement, but like all good shoe gaze bands worth their salt, the melodies and harmonies in the fuzzy feedback are present for all to hear.
Tsigoti – Propaganda Blows
The next band are Tsigoti. They are an Italian, self-proclaimed avant punk band; but they strike me more as an experimental post-grunge band, who could be from some West Coast cities in the US or a decrepit post-industrial provincial town from somewhere in the UK. The tunes are worth listening to and so are their videos.
Johnny5thWheel&thecowards – In My Laboratory
Johnny5thwheel&thecowards are a band that play an experimental mixture of dark vaudeville skiffle and folk. They also like making quality videos for their songs when they can and In My Laboratory is one such song. If you’d like to get hold of the song proper, it is available as a double a-side, released earlier this summer, or you can find it on their second album, Music to Shake’n’Shuffle, which is out this month.
The Last Men – The Cycle
The Last Men are a wide eyed and fresh faced band from Hertfordshire and Essex (regular readers and listeners will know of my approval of bands with Essex connections). The Cycle is an updated tune of theirs that they originally made back in 2010, but have re jigged for the bright glorious future that has been 2012. More of their songs can be found on soundcloud and their other promo sites.
Holy Vessels - Springtime Bloom
Brighton band, Holy Vessels are a country folk band who released their debut single, Springtime Bloom, for free earlier this year on their own label. If you like what you hear, you can find more of their tunes on their forthcoming album, Last Orders at The Marshall Arms, which will be available via their website
Poltergeists – Question and Answers
Poltergeists is a solo act from Weston-super-Mare, that aims for haunting melodies and atmosphere; hence the name. Questions and Answers is from Poltergeist’s second album Golden Stairs, which is out now on their Bandcamp website.
The Standards – Best Part of the Day
For our wedding earlier in the summer, me and the lovely wife had an amazing wedding band. You listeners and readers might get the chance to hear a field recording one day. Well one of the musicians in the band is also in a lovely band called The Standards. They have recently released their second album, A Slight Distraction, which is a mix of lovely tunes, and Best Part of the Day is the first track from the album.
Hope you’ve enjoyed the tunes; ’til next time…