Sunday Brunch: March 9, 2014


New Music Every Sunday.

iamamiwhoami – “Fountain” (Internet single, 2014)
I wrote about iamamiwhoami a while back, and it’s nice to see she/they have returned.  In January, a new series of videos began (presumably to be gathered into an album, as has been done in the past). So far, there’s two – this one and “Hunting for Pearls“.  iamamiwhoami is as much a visual experience as an audio one. She’s still rocking the ice queen eyebrows of previous videos, and she still comes off as a creepy cousin of Kate Bush and Bjork. Surrealism is the name of the game here, and as such I find the little dance sequences in the “Fountain” video unnecessary and distracting from the mood and flow. Regardless, I think this is a strong beginning to what will hopefully be a fascinating series. There’s even a somewhat easy to follow storyline in the “Hunting for Pearls” vid. And lots of bodysuit changes. It remains to be seen whether the mop people or the underwear motif of past efforts will return in upcoming videos…

Beverley Martyn– “Levee Breaks” (from The Phoenix and the Turtle, 2014)
Even though she’s only recorded sporadically, Beverley Martyn is more than just John Martyn’s ex-wife. In the 60’s she recorded with Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, was taught guitar by Bert Jansch and appeared on Simon and Garfunkel’s Bookends. Her rendition here of the old blues song “When the Levee Breaks” (also covered by Led Zeppelin) is raw and moving. Even though she’s British, she sounds like someone who’s lived in the Mississippi Delta their whole life.  In a time warp synchronicity, her first mid 1960’s band was called The Levee Breakers.

Tacocat– “Bridge to Hawaii” (from NVM, 2014)
Floods? No problem:
“You need some drier ground / And when you can’t go up / You know what your options are / Let’s build a bridge to Hawaii”

“By eliminating the need to get up early on Sunday, brunch would make life brighter for Saturday-night carousers. It would promote human happiness in other ways as well. Brunch is cheerful, sociable and inciting. It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.” – from Brunch: A Plea, by Guy Beringer, in “Hunter’s Weekly”, 1895.

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