Show 39 – Learning The Ropes

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I had a lovely comment on the last show from the wonderful Christa Belle from Hungry Lucy about the effect that Under Electric Light’s track, ‘Sitting Here’, had on her. You can check out what she said here. I was delighted on two counts – (1) that Christa was listening in, as I adore her voice (and her burping !) and (2) that the music that I’m priviledged to be allowed to play is reaching out to people and touching them emotionally. I love the way that music has the ability to reach deep down inside us all and trigger off such an emotional response; the way we can suddenly be transported back to another time and place is simply incredible. I have so many memories that can be triggered off very vividly by a piece of music, or a track, or even a single musical phrase. Maybe you’d all like to share (via the comments) what emotional responses and memories music triggers off in you, and what that music is ?

In the meantime, here are three more amazing new songs for you – see what memories and emotions they can stir up !

The Ropes – Kill Her Off
Hopefully not an instruction anyone will follow (except metaphorically), I hope ! A cracking Garbage-esque opener from this band from the New York suburb of ‘Suicides Paradise’, which is the title track from their new EP. Buy it on Amazon now !
The Ropes’ MySpace
Email The Ropes

Touriste – Calm Down
With a strong dash of Snow Patrol, Coldplay and Radiohead, this band from the Isle Of Sheppey in Kent have some very strong material and some recommendations from the big players. You can buy their 2005 EP here and listen to more recent tracks here.
Touriste’s MySpace
Email Touriste

Whirl – If Only You Knew
Ahhhh, the lovely Nikki Nation ! As we say here in Scotland, she has a “belter o’ a voice” and a remarkable ability to write a melody that grabs you by the lapels and gets right in your face, demanding a repeated listening. I cannot recommend the Whirl album highly enough – it’s one that you MUST have in your collection.
Whirl’s MySpace
Email Whirl

This week’s Scottish Expression is “jobbie”.
The soundbed is ‘Sunrise’ by torchomatic on the PMN
Three From Leith theme-tune by Alex Aitken

Big props given out to:
Hungry Lucy – War-N and Christa Belle create the finest ‘trip-pop’ on the planet. And burp like professionals.
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3 Responses to “Show 39 – Learning The Ropes”

  1. Bruce
    May 17th, 2006 05:58

    Hi Grant. Great tracks. Just the stuff to relax by while you’re swallowing a big bottle of angry pills. 😉

    Seriously, another top-notch show.

    Cheers, Bruce.

  2. gabor
    May 19th, 2006 21:18

    Jings, crivvens and help ma boab !!!

    What better way to learn Scottish than with Grant’s gentle music in the background!

    And me lum’s still reekin!

  3. Martin
    June 3rd, 2006 14:32

    Hi Grant. Thanks for another great show. I am little bit behind listening to your shows. I would appreciate to hear more such relaxed music in your show.

    Greetings from Frankfurt/Germany

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