Five Essential Albums
Violent Femmes (photo by Varuni Kulasekera, PR)
J. Willgoose, Esq., one half of the electronic London duo Public Service Broadcasting, is an ardent film and history buff, a quality which defines the band (which includes drummer Wrigglesworth) and its unique mission. Known for their clever use of vintage movie clips, historic sound bites, and other gems found at the British Film Institute and beyond, Public Service Broadcasting's eye was cast on everything from Spitfire airplanes to Sir Edmund Hillary's 1953 ascent of Everest on their 2013 debut, Inform-Educate-Entertain. J and Wrigglesworth also came by Studio A last year for a session for FUV Live minus their multimedia setup.
For the duo's ambitious second album, The Race For Space, they focused on American and Soviet space exploration in the '60s. Reflecting on that album and beyond, Public Service Broadcasting's tweed-loving J wrote up his "Five Essential Albums" for WFUV.
Glasgow's The Vaselines, the enigmatic Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee, have drifted in and out of their partnership since 1987, influencing an eclectic and reverent crew of musicians along the way, like Belle and Sebastian, Teenage Fanclub and Nirvana's Kurt Cobain.
Classically-trained Casey Dienel, who records as White Hinterland, breaks down genre barriers on her most recent album Baby, slipping between voluptuous pop, undulating R&B, bluesy laments and the rigor of experimental rock 'n' roll. Her ability to find a juncture between these multiple musical personalities is electrifying, especially in live performance. Curious? You're in luck. White Hinterland will be in New York this Friday, June 27, to play Rough Trade. Since White Hinterland's Casey Dienel has such a bold, catholic taste in music, we asked if she'd pull together a list of her Five Essential Albums:
Yes, it took Ben Watt over 30 years to release his second solo album, Hendra, but he has a perfectly fine excuse. Following the release of 1983's North Marine Drive, Watt immersed himself in Everything But the Girl with longtime partner (and now wife) Tracey Thorn, ran two record labels, toured the globe as a club DJ and wrote two critically-acclaimed memoirs.
Snowbird's Simon Raymonde, formerly of Cocteau Twins and co-founder of the Bella Union label, picks his 'Five Essential Albums' for FUV.
Fanfarlo's blissful EP of last year, The Sea, was a sparkling pop prelude to the London band's bold third album, Let's Go Extinct, which is released on February 11 via Blue Horizon. The group sidles even further away from its early folk roots and unearths more danceable grooves on this release, as on the sunny single "Landlocked." They have a lengthy North American tour this spring, including two New York dates in late April at Bowery Ballroom and Rough Trade.
Fanfarlo bassist Justin Finch lists his Five Essential Albums that might have influenced the band's upcoming album ... or maybe not.
It has been a stellar year for Brooklyn-based composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone and his chamber pop collective, San Fermin. The band, bringing Ludwig-Leone's chamber pop songs to buoyant life, released its self-titled debut in September to very positive reviews and a rapidly-growing fanbase, both Stateside and abroad.