Verity Sharp shares some of the first releases of the year from the realm of the adventurous. Starting with music from Acocope, the name of a new C.A.N.V.A.S compilation that invites artists to deconstruct pop in the spirit of apocalyptic hope.
Elvin Bradhi, Lugh and Olan Monk have invited CURL’s Alpha Maid and Nadah El Shazly, among others, to come together to make a ‘greatest hits of a half-remembered era of reduced attention spans and blown out pop nihilism’. We feature Alpha Maid’s take on the theme.
Also on the programme: a new release from Ghanaian band Alostmen, whose music is based on the Frafra tradition of the kologo, a stringed lute; an unsettling take on the wassail tradition from Kemper Norton to see in the new year; and a brand new release from ‘experimental metal’ duo Senyawa. Senyawa’s new album combines animist mythology, guttural throat singing and traditional Indonesian instrumentation.
Produced by Alannah Chance
A Reduced Listening Production for BBC Radio 3
1 Sister Marie Knight – Where Shall I Go?
2 Raymond Scott – „Limbo: The Organized Mind“
3 Ed Dowie – Robot Joy Army
4 SPARKLE DIVISION – You Ain’t Takin‘ My Man
5 Alostmen – Fauziah
6 Kemper Norton – wassail 2020
7 Alpha Maid – Harry wants to imagine a world without you
8 Jake Blount – Brown Skin Baby
9 Gabriel Prokofiev – Six Hesit Heist
10 Francis Dhomont – Chambre D’Enfants
11 Electrelane – The Valleys
12 David Allred – Scoop Troop
13 Beverly Glenn-Copeland – River Dreams
14 trio pipeline – orti
15 Thomas Kessler – Said the Shotgun to the Head: O My Friends
16 Arthur Russell – This Is How We Walk On The Moon
17 Okkyung Lee – Teum (The Silvery Slit)
18 Mandel – Mini Suite II
19 Robbie Basho – Bride of Thunder
20 Senyawa – Kabau
21 Divide and Dissolve – We Are Really Worried About You
22 Jonny Nash & Teguh Permana – Bunga
23 Anne Briggs – The Snow It Melts The Soonest
24 Jordan River Boys – When The Moon Goes Down In The Valley Of Time