The Third Ear

Music and imagination

New Video Alert: Oly Ralfe – A Forest in the City

Oly Ralfe of the Ralfe Band released Notes From Another Sea, his debut solo album, earlier this year, and it was a quietly beautiful surprise, a collection of piano instrumentals that would make Chopin weep (you can read my full review here if the mood takes you). This week sees the release of a video for A Forest in the City, one of that album’s most enigmatic tracks. Listen below. And what’s more, Ralfe is playing a special one-off show in London’s St. Pancras Old Church on Wednesday 10th October (that’s this week, folks). He’ll be augmented by a classical ensemble and supported by the wonderful Garance Louis with her quirky, spiky, francophone chamber-pop. Get down there for 7.30; it’s likely to be one of the most unique gigs you’ll see this year.


Track of the Week #6: Wished Bone – Pollinate Me

It’s hay fever season, folks. Get the new Wished Bone album up yer nostrils. It’s got some of the best songwriting you’ll hear all summer. The strong DIY ethic makes it sound like it was recorded in a biscuit tin full of bees, which is good. Pollinate Me is the seasonal allergic rhinitis sex jam you never knew you needed.

Track of the Week #5: Anemone – Bout De Toi

This Canadian pop trio sound something like Metronomy being rescued from an African desert by the ghost of Brigitte Fontaine. Except that Brigitte Fontaine is still alive, ghosts don’t exist and Metronomy have never been more than ten miles from Totnes. Still, this is a perfect, catchy clash of worlds.

Track of the Week #4: Jenny Hval – Spells

The lead track from Hval’s new The Long Sleep EP, Spells sees the Norwegian composer/songwriter/producer at her most oneiric, and also her most accessible. It’s stunning. The sonic richness of Julia Holter, the sweet/sinister vocals, the drum beat that sounds like it was lifted from Queen’s I Want To Break Free… this has it all.

The Long Sleep EP comes out on 24th May


Track of the Week #3: Kero Kero Bonito – You Know How It Is

In which everyone’s favourite London-based J-pop/electro-twee pranksters go all C86, to winning effect. You know how it is…

Track of the Week #2: Christina Vantzou – Some Limited and Waning Memory

Christina Vantzou is based in Brussels and composes things. Her new album, No.4, is out on 6th April. This little taster is sublime. Ambient in all the best ways, with soft fringes of piano flickering like benign migraine auras around the edges. The album contains tracks called Glissando for Bodies and Machines in Space, Percussion in Nonspace and Garden of Forking Paths (presumably named after the Borges story), all of which bodes extremely well.

Track of the week: Kayla Painter – In the Witch Elm

Bristol-based producer and composer Kayla Painter has found herself in possession of some previously unheard samples by the revolutionary electronic music innovator Delia Derbyshire. For In the Witch Elm, she has stitched some of these together to create a new sonic landscape that pays discreet homage to Derbyshire’s vision while displaying her own considerable talent. As befits the source material, it sounds both futuristic and intangibly nostalgic, and achieves its effect without recourse to the overused tropes of hauntology.

Catch Kayla Painter live at Darkroom Espresso in Swindon on 21st April.