Cocteau Twins - Cherry-coloured Funk

A gem has been discovered. From the belly of central Scotland, my own backyard, this Grangemouth band has been under my radar for far too long. This track is beautiful. Coated in a nostalgic, dreamy ambience, it sucks you in. The curious and bizarre lyrics serenade you. And then the chorus. The melodies… my god. They hit you with a strength. The replay value on this one is strong.

I was aware of the Punk and Goth imprints on this era of Scotland’s music, but it’s super cool to finally explore it.

Happy listening,
Sandy Woodhouse

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Deep levels here my friends. Willow has an extremely limited discography, with a few tracks here and there that you can find on YouTube, but she has only one major release really, Workshop 23. All four tracks on here are excellent. My personal favourite, is Untitled B1. This track (along with the others) land(s) in an ethereal middle ground, somewhere between Electronica, Deep House, Techno, and even Ambient. Beautiful melodies, shifting soundscapes, hypnotic movements, groove, all in one. Its soulful, technical, intimate. It’s quite the release. B1's melodies, just, land right where they need to. Addictively repetitive. So many feelings conjured up in so few sounds. In this one, the question lies with you, do you wanna cut shapes? Or go inward?

I’ve said enough anyhow. Give it a listen, and see how you feel!

Happy Listening,
Sandy Woodhouse

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Julee Cruise - Mysteries Of Love

So, shout out to David Lynch for introducing me to this one. If you haven’t seen Blue Velvet, basically it’s incredible. Highly recommended. This track appears multiple times throughout the film, and now I have a very strange feeling attached to it. This is partly due to its connection to the film, and certain scenes in it, but also the track itself. It really reminds me of Christian choir music. The optimistic type more specifically. Lot’s of perfect cadences, and long drawn out chords, but then intercut with almost melancholic changes. Its the feeling of total contentment, with all the good, and all the bad, captured in audio. Never heard of Julee Cruise before this, so I am definitely going to explore her stuff further over the next week.

Happy Listening,
Sandy Woodhouse

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