Welcome back to another weekly edition of Friday Music here on the blog.
I’m afraid it’s a bit shorter than usual this week — it’s been a busy one, and I haven’t had as much time as I usually do to listen to music and prep a post. But I’ve still got some gems for you, and so here we go…
The image over there is the cover to a single which was included in my Spotify-curated “Your Discover Weekly” playlist. I was blown away the moment I heard it. The group is called Ten Fé (Spanish for “Have Faith”), and are a London-based duo of former buskers. Give a listen to this, and you won’t be able to get it out of your head. Ten Fé – “Single, No Return.”
Got finished watching BABYLON BERLIN on Netflix this week — I cannot recommend it highly enough. Gorgeous and compelling political/crime thriller set in late 1920s Berlin (basically, as the shit was hitting the fan). So good. Anyway, one of the centerpieces of the show was this track, which appeared a couple of times as a number performed in a Berlin cabaret, as well as featuring as end credits music from time to time. In the show, the song is performed by a Russian Countess in her male alter-ego of “Nikoros.” The Lithuanian actress playing the Countess is a model and singer as well, who records under her first name, Severija, and she has the perfect voice for this. Severija – “Zu Asche, Zu Staub (Psycho Nikoros).”
Another find from Spotify’s “Your Discover Weekly”, Superet is an L.A.-based indie act who currently have a debut self-titled EP available. The synth hook was the first thing to grab me about this track, but when the chorus hit, I was sold. There are elements of this which struck me as almost Bowie-esque, but I can’t quite put my finger on why, exactly. Give it a go, and tell me what you think: Superet – “Loving The Animal.”
A discussion with friends about the 90s film The Crow reminded me of the soundtrack, and put this song in a loop in my brain, so I had to dig it out and listen. At the time, I was annoyed that the version of this track on the soundtrack was NOT the one featured in the film — the vinyl single that was supposed to have been recorded by Eric and his band. That track had more of a post-punk sound, with a male vocalist, and I was disappointed that the album version made it this alt-90s ethereal dream-girl thing. Now, though, it’s one of my favorite tracks on the entire album. Jane Siberry – “It Can’t Rain All The Time.”
We’ll close out this short edition with a throwback track, from (OH JESUS CHRIST) 30 years ago. Yes, kids — this one is three decades old. Don’t mind me. I’ll be over here, in the corner, sobbing. The Primitives – “Crash.”
Enjoy, and I’ll see you back here next week (Assuming anybody is actually reading, that is)…