>This Song’s Made Up

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I heard this earlier today and it took me right back and reminded what a funny little song it is, but stunning with it. I loved James right up until they became the acceptable face of arena rock and then I lost interest and other things came along. I loved Stutter and Stripmine and One Man Clapping, and the 12″ of Sit Down (the Lester Piggott version), and then there was the Weatherall remix of Come Home. I had a long sleeved T-shirt with Come on the front (note to self- check this sentence for double-entendre). The last one I bought was Gold Mother and I think that one was alright too. But I especially loved this song- Hymn From A Village- with it’s folky guitar parts, clattering drums and Tim Booth’s raw vocal. It’s one of those songs that I can’t adequately describe, you just have to listen to it, and realise how different this sounded to what was going on around them. Wonderful. It was from their stint on Factory Records and has two Factory catalogue numbers- FAC 119 (the 7″, James II) and FAC 138 (12″, Village Fire e.p.). I know these details are important to some people.James – Hymn From A Village.mp3#2#2

>Two Suns

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This came via email a couple of weeks ago and it’s taken me a while to listen to it but it sounded good last night when the Manchester temperature eventually dropped below 25 (25! In April!). It’s an e.p. by Two Suns (in reality a chap called Jake Davidson), five songs long, largely electronic with some nice whispered, sing song vox and some interesting instrumentation. He lists Caribou, Squarepusher, Flaming Lips, Animal Collective and Deerhunter among his influences. You can find more here-

http://www.twosunsmusic.bandcamp.com/

There’s a dreamy, slightly woozy quality to the whole e.p., and to this song, Wait The Same.

Two Suns – Two Suns EP – 02 Wait the Same.mp3#1#1