Fresh sounds conjured up from the Leiduh/O-Town interface, a weird no mans land of parks, bad snack bars and old mental institutions. Titles like ‘Gas Station Cigs Girl’ may conjure up awful Arctic Monkeys flashbacks (you know, lots of kitchen sink lyrics, choppy workmanlike guitars and lumpen key changes). Luckily we get colourful bugged out soundscapes that float around with the aid of the odd guitar lick that comes straight out of the Robin Guthrie “here are the guitar bits that were too floaty for Victorialand” scrapbook. This is lush slacker pop, not too far away from Yuko Yuko at their most horizontal but with sonic about turns that remind this old sod of Prefab Sprout or Aztec at their most radio friendly. There’s no post-modern existential angst here though, the last time I saw this lot live the drummer couldn’t sit on his stool properly due to the amount of ‘erb he’d ingested. “It’s international weed day tomorrow”was the excuse. Practice makes perfect.
SMK101 – Mo Bedick – KFC Jones EP01/08/2017
SMK100 | Suzanne Peeters – Orchestral Suites24/07/2017
The soothing sounds of Suzanne Peeters early Piano and Clarinet works reminds the listeners of both Valentin Silvestrov’s Bagatelles for Piano (2005) and Arthur Russell’s 1975 Instrumentals. Leaving room for musicians to adapt to the seemingly easy structures, Peeters gives rise to an aesthetic that incorporates pop and jazz characteristics. Though the pieces all have their distinct sonic periphery, Peeters’ auditory autograph is obviously present in all five pieces: her focus on simple harmonic structures, musical coloring and slow rhythmic changes signify the charming world of this Belgian composer.
Originally meant for a small movie production called ‘Chema’, Peeters’ music tries to capture the cinematic portrayal of Álvaro de Campos. Focussing on strict structures and small – but nevertheless meaningful – changes in time and color, Peeters’ beautifully sketches the personality of a man not-knowing.
This small release has been directed by Maria Afonso, with the generous support of De Bescheidenheid. We would like to thank Smikkelbaard for giving us a platform to present Peeters’ work and of course we would like to show our appreciation to Bert Geelink for keeping us on the right track. The scores of this piece are kept at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, Den Haag.
Joop Maas – Grand Piano
Cooper Wilde – Eb Clarinet
Frederique Masquet – Mallets
Meredith Black – Percussion
Mortengo String Quartet
Recorded on the 10th of May, 2017 at Studio Haring met Ui, Katwijk.
Yes binnenkort op de betere straathoeken, regenpijpen en meterkasten.
Longshanks Footsies Mix #00120/06/2017
SMK099 | SCMB – SONGS ABOUT CARS17/06/2017
It’s SCMB! And some songs about cars! Ye Ancient Low-Landing Lords of the Mung-Bass Fuzz, ride HIGH and HANDSOME into our view, on a tank full of Fernandez Green and the last scrapings from Lonneke Jonker’s Multiplex kitchen! It’s a good 25 years since these Leidse Sturm-und-Drang Trippers made their first cassette (which, back, then, were readily available in a Febo slot, just north east of the kaas souffles). And – stel maar – nothing’s changed! Still sounding like some Temazied-up loon revving his Opel Kadett in a garage off the Haalermerweg, SCMB bring joy and hope to all those who thought that new shop-building bullshit meant the end of Leiden as a Major Cultural Resource.
Oh yeah, is that really a cover of Ash’s Girl from Mars?