Verity Sharp plays music written ‘strictly for insects to understand’ by the Australian artist Eugene Carchesio. He describes his latest release as ‘ant sci-fi’ with most of the tracks clocking in at under a minute and featuring pulsating electronics.
We also dip into the new album by the Chicago-based Damon Locks and Black Monument Ensemble. Written in the summer of 2020 and recorded in the garden behind their studio in a few takes, this was the first time the ensemble had ever played these songs and it captures their excitement to be working together again.
And as the days start to lengthen we look to the skies with a piece for the birds by Iranian-Canadian brothers Saint Abdullah and jazz-inflected throat singing by Tuvan singer Sainkho Namtchylak with her piece ‘Who Stole The Sky’.
Produced by Katie Callin
A Reduced Listening Production for BBC Radio 3
1 Infant – damp grale
2 Equiknoxx – Enter A Raffle Win A Falafel
3 Princess Nowedonah – Going Back In Time
4 Ivanka Cotrina – Yachag
5 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Anthrocene
6 Gazelle Twin & NYX – Glory
7 Saint Abdullah – The Birds Discuss The Journey (feat. John Butcher)
8 Sainkho Namtchylak – Who Stole The Sky?
9 IR-Indigenous Resistance Sankara Future Dub Resurgence – When Visions Fall From Sky
10 Khalab & M’berra Ensemble – Skit Guit
11 Hukwe Zawose – Mhilime magongo
12 Anne Guthrie – Variation On Coral
13 Richard Greenan – Topple a River
14 Josh Hill – Happy Sounds Listener Submission
15 Andrew Plantagenet Summers – Happy Sounds Listener Submission
16 Phoebe McIndoe – Happy Sounds Listener Submission
17 David Bamford – Happy Sounds Listener Submission
18 Los Zheros – Para Chachita
19 Damon Locks & Black Monument Ensemble – Now (Forever Momentary Space)
20 Eugene Carchesio – No Place I.XXIV
21 Katatonic Silentio – Erupting Soil
22 Lucy Liyou – for N.
23 Widow’s Weeds – A Whisper In The Woods
24 Annea Lockwood – Ground Of Being
25 Thefuries – Rage
26 Robbie Basho – Priest Spring Jazz
27 Λένα Πλάτωνος – I Hide Myself Within My Flower
28 Ailie Ormston & Finlay Clark – Seeing Daylight