Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Things have been happening

Tracklist is now backed up for three weeks, but artists will keep releasing things. Okkervil River, for instance, have a new album, I Am Very Far (a sentence which we can never not hear in Vic Reeves' voice), out on May 9th/10th, and for the cost of some band-appropriate spam you can immediately hear Wake And Be Fine. It's in waltz time.

You know Let England Shake is great, obviously, but The Glorious Land as a single? There's your standalone mixed message. And here's her video, directed by Seamus Murphy in Dorset around October.

Now, the following may take some reading and not a little willingness to go with it.

Dr Martin Austwick has been across the STN radar before with his fine The Sound Of The Ladies project. He also has a PhD in physics from Oxford, and in these post-Brian Cox days pop science is Britain's biggest growth area. So we come to Austwick's Songs From The Scientific Cabaret, released tomorrow to coincide with the start of Geek Pop, a free online music festival featuring a good range of input from artists inspired by science. The launch is also tomorrow at Wilton's Music Hall, Graces Alley, London, and all that is followed on Friday by the mini-album Geek Like Me, which also includes a collaboration between sometime STN contributors MJ Hibbett and Vom Vorton.

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