I don’t listen to the radio all that often, but on Monday night I caught some absolute gems on 6Music. I’ve been too busy to actively hunt out new music this past week so it was nice to let someone else do the work for me. Rob Hughes sat in for Marc Riley on BBC 6Music on Monday night and he played ‘Stranded Pearl’, a beautifully dusty duet from Howe Gelb and desert chanteuse of the moment Isobel Campbell, which is from the forthcoming Giant Sand record, proVISIONS (out in the UK 1st September on Yep Roc). Two other tracks are available to stream at the label page and all in, they promise an excellent return from Giant Sand.
He also played Kelley Stoltz’s ‘The Sun Comes Through’, which immediately had me turning up the dial. Ostensibly a piano ballad with a woozy 1970s stomp to it, it’s given weight with layers of lo-fi fuzz. A perfect accompaniment to the storm outside my window. It’s my first contact with the San Francisco artist but I’ll be sure to pick up the record from which it’s taken, 2006’s Below the Branches.
MP3: Kelley Stoltz – The Sun Comes Through (via Sub Pop)
Later in the evening I caught the latest by Minotaur Shock on Gideon Coe’s show. It’s six minutes of electronic bliss, starting out with a glitchy beat which gives way to low-tech keyboards and mournful string samples. It’s sure to appeal to anyone who rates Four Tet’s classics Pause and Rounds.
MP3: Minotaur Shock – My Burr (via 4AD)
The new Minotaur Shock record, Amateur Dramatics is out on 11th August, via download.