I almost didn't know if we were going to get the podcast out on time this month. Everything was running a bit too smoothly throughout February and then the next thing I know I'm digging myself out of a blizzard with nothing more than a couple of old MiniDisks. Thanks a lot Siberia, here's hoping I don't have to find a Random Country track from you any time soon.
Snow or not, the show must go on. Episode 18 of the SESHWYN PODCAST is live and available for consumption at your leisure.
Only 6 of our 12 international obscurities can be found on Spotify this month so it goes without saying that our EVERYTING SESHWYN playlist has been updated for your ease, but there's even more listed below for the inquisitive listeners.
Christy kicks us off with a little number called 'aloof' by Orange County, New York born rapper Elijah Bank$y.
Much like the real Banksy, there's not much information surrounding this promising young MC but I'm fairly certain they're of no relation. The only fact I can ascertain is that he cites Wu-Tang and Big Pun as influences but that's also true for the rest of New York so I'm not expecting too much praise for this piece of investigative journalism.
The next track came to my attention by a post from a previously played SESHWYN artist, the Belgian shoegaze maestros Newmoon.
They tweeted that Forming had a 'significant impact' on them as they were starting the band which was enough for me to start listening. From what I can tell Forming were a Long Beach, California based garage rock/punk band putting out music around 2010 who slowly and silently stopped playing shows around 2014. Not much explanation to why but the music holds up so I hope they one day make a return.
Before you start asking me how Hanra manages to find Hungarian Shaman Punk don't bother, I haven't got a clue, but I love that he does all the same.
Turns out, rather unsurprisingly, that Vágtázó Halottkémek (aka Galloping Coroners) have a long and storied history and are regarded as one of the most important Eastern Bloc bands of the 80s. Their lead singer Atilla Grandpierre is even an astrophysicist, which doesn't explain the shaman link but further adds to the brilliantly weird story.
'Mi Történt?' translates to 'What Happened?' and if you like this then you've got about 8 albums of material to delve into. You can thank us later.
From one unworldly track to another, Hanra lightens the mood with some Ethereal Wave from the 90's band Siddal. 'Thornmakers' is taken from the Portsmouth, Virginia based outift's second and final LP called The Crossing.
Whilst it's hard to ignore the obvious comparisons to the Cocteau Twins, it's worth remembering that's a solid resemblance to have and Siddal seem to be a somewhat forgotten example of dream pop done well.
Hanra once again gives me more to write about and this time it comes from Apartheid-era South Africa in 1974. Batsumi deliver a unique brand of Afro/Cape Jazz (named after Cape Town, from which the sound thrived), 'Mamshanyana' is just a taste of their revered self-titled debut album.
Quoting a very interesting article that I read, "Batsumi is a South African gem made in the face of oppression", this is yet another example of African music that held huge cultural significance at the time of it's release that has been rediscovered and reissued by Western audiences and record labels in recent years. It might be hard to hear now, but this was politically charged protest music and whilst I cannot appreciate its intricacies due to the language barrier, it's worth remembering and respecting.
I don't know how, I don't know why, but the next track found me and I'm all about it. One fateful day in December I received an email telling me that an album called May All Your Post Rock Dreams Come True by Woodsplitter, an artist I'd never heard of, and you best believe that I smashed that download button in an instant.
Hailing from Nashville, Tennessee, this is the solo project of Ben McLeod and each of his releases so far represents a foray into a different rock genre and I've got time for it all but Post-Rock does have a special place in my heart. 'Siamese' is one stand out track from the aforementioned album but I wholly recommend the whole thing.
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That's all from me for another episode and yet another month, here's hoping we meet again in warmer times, I'm sick of winter.