150 up

As I mentioned yesterday on certain social medias, my now-more-popular-than-ever Inspired By 6 Spotify playlist crashed through the 150 song mark this week.

A bit of housekeeping meant that four new tracks were required to get it there. They were:

Banners – Start A Riot
(overheard on one of Mrs 6000’s weird Showmax series)
The National – Guilty Party
(track 9 on their 2017 album in my car)
The Cinematic Orchestra/Roots Manuva – A Caged Bird/Imitations of Life
(actually currently on BBC 6 Music’s playlist)
Slowdive – Sugar For The Pill
(I heard this earlier in the week and remembered how good it was)

If you are on Spotify, you can find the playlist here:

http://bit.ly/InspiredBy6

And please share it around as much as possible. I’d like to be famous just because people love the music I enjoy listening to and have helpfully curated.

Crap news

Ugh. “This just in”:

I was going to go with “shock” or “sad” instead of “crap”, because it is both of those things. But above all, it’s just crap news.

All of our heroes are dying.

7 in 7

Big news from one of my favourites, my most-played on Spotify last year, and the world’s most-streamed classical artist, Ludovico Einaudi:

Pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi has unveiled ambitious plans to release seven albums in seven consecutive months during 2019.

The project is the first of its kind for any classical artist – the most ambitious of Einaudi’s 30-year career.

The 63-year-old pianist was inspired to put together the project, called Seven Days Walking, after a winter’s walk in the Alps in 2018.

While walking the composer took a series of polaroids and it was these snowy images that sparked the idea of writing seven volumes of music – each portraying a different aspect of his journey.

This would explain the sudden rush of emails I’ve had from his publicity team. The first song is out (you can listen on Spotify here), the CDs – one to be released each month – are all available for pre-order, and you can even go all out on the 7 CD box set (safely, because let’s face it, you know what you’re going to get with Ludivico) for £50, ahead of its release in September.

Here’s the project website.

Me? I’m excited and looking forward to some new stuff over the next few months. It’s not often that you only have to wait a few weeks between releases from one of your favourite artists.

New Seafret

Wow. This is rather beautiful, a little depressing and very powerful.

Lots of lovely mountaintop piano from Harry; lots of honest, open vocals from Jack. One of those songs that you can delve as deep into as you wish. A really decent return from the Bridlington boys.

Filmed, at least partially, on a Mavic, we’re left wondering what exactly happens/happened at the end for things to turn out the way they did.

Romance

February is very much the month of love, and so – given that I’m running out of time and energy to blog (or do anything else today), here’s a beautiful song from Ex:Re (it’s pronounced like the skeleton photo thing) from the 6 Music Live Room: Romance.

Yeah, sadly this is about how unromantic this particular encounter and relationship was. So maybe this isn’t the one you’re looking for for Valentine’s Day.

Quirky moments on this live version include the synth player starting by hiding under her keyboard, and – let’s face it – everything that the drummer does. Look out for his silent silhouetted screams as he fits and starts over the drum kit.

Great song. And I love the way that despite how simple it is, there’s real enjoyment and feeling from all of the performers.