Singles/Songs, Vinyl

Vinyl Vindication: Wye Oak – Spiral/Wave is Not the Water (7′ Special Adult Swim Singles)

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                                                                                                     Spiral

There are fewer things I have bought as quick as this very special 7 inch. Spiral is one of my favourite tracks so much so that when I heard them warming up with it at The Soup Kitchen back in 2014 I threw my arms aloft and made a instinctual gleeful noise of some kind.

Upon seeing the limited pressing it was a must have. Visually a striking red vinyl with a  tripy cover and a contrasting white border matches the music. Spiral is a wonderfully captivating spiraling track. From the effect layered vocals that echo and delay swirling around your head, the pulsing bass alongside the guitar add to the sense of surrealness.

Spiral ends by adding a beautiful glockenspiel, keyboard or synth(?) sound that joins the familiar instrumentation then after it has been playing for around a minute it is interrupted by static before coming to a close on a lone glockenspiel(?) or keyboard line.

Wave is Not the Water flows just like its title suggests there is a very natural feel that comes across from the totally man made electronics. Vocally it pulls from the same place as the A side but they are not delayed but just as serene.

Instantly this 7′ has become a prized possession of mine and a piece of music that I do and will cherish for as long as I am breathing.

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Vinyl Vindication: Jay Som – Turn Into

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                                                  Turn Into Full Album (Via Polyvinyl Records’ YouTube Channel)

Jay Som’s (Melina Duterte) unofficial first collection of tracks where released a year ago in July of 2016. It was pressed into two vinyls one as you can see in the picture is a gorgeous fuschia and the other was a limited tea green/white starburst of which only 300 were made.

If I had known of Jay Som back then I would have tried to acquire one of them but alas I did not. That still does not take away from the one I own; it is possibly my favourite looking vinyl. Not just from the vibrant pop of the record but the whole package is stunning the front cover is a picture of some purple flowers (not sure which ones I did try and find out what they are) that Duterte took herself on her mobile. It works so well with the pale blue backing and on the reverse is another photo of the sky (presumably above the city she resides in Oakland, Ca). The inner sleeve has the track listing in pronounced block texted again backed by the blue of the front cover, I really do love it.

Then there is the music. It is dream pop and at times shoegaze-esc  brilliance. From the uber catchy Peach Boy with the keyboard to the vocal melodies that are certain to get you humming them for the rest of the week. Then the promotional single Ghost is just as good, personally I love the guitar but there is loads more to love as well. Another one of my favourites is the somewhat morbid sounding (don’t let that put you off) track Drown the delivery of Duterte’s vocals are in a lower register but even then you still can’t help but sing along. Unlimited Touch and Why I Say No are light and airy with the later having some of the best lyrics on the whole thing. The quality is consitent throughout.

Turn Into is a completely beautiful package you literally could not ask for anything more or for it to be altered in any way sonically or visually.  

 

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Vinyl Vindication: KT Tunstall- If Only/The Prayer (Block Party) and Saving My Face/Ain’t Nobody (Chaka Khan)

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Well aren’t they Pretty! I present the two newest additions to my small but ever growing Vinyl collection. Two singles from KT Tunstall’s second record Drastic Fantastic (2007) with their accompanying flip sides.

The vinyls are 7″ singles with two beautiful popping covers. One that is full of colourful floral patterns the other contrasts with it mainly being black and white other than the yellow outline to the writing, this is mirrored on the label also. But on the If Only record the label on the side not visible in the picture reflects the back of the sleeve…

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First up is If Only/The Prayer [Live for Radio 1] now I do love If Only but I did predominantly buy this for the cover of the Block Party track as I am sort of obsessed with it, I have never just played it once ever. It’s always multiple listens it is just so damn awesome with the cool  low ‘hmmmmm’s’ simple drum/percussion to bring it in with the sound becoming fuller for the chorus. With the outro really bursting to life with tremolo electric guitar and a speedy bassline.  In the original attitude is there in abundance which does transcribe to this version too. I just admire it!      

Saving My Face has  a special place in my life as it is my yearly shaving song where I play it at full blast and rather sillily change ‘Saving’ to ‘Shaving’ my face’ , I know it is dumb but it brings me endless joy (along with it being a good tune as well obviously). Ain’t Nobody is a classic so an artist of Tunstall’s calibre does it justice with her rhythmic take.

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