Tuesday, December 20, 2011

This Mortal Coil

Tune in to Yarra Valley FM 99.1 this Thursday from 9 pm for SoundScape, or get it streamed live from the website for some great ambient music.

First up we will feature This Mortal Coil, a gothic dream pop supergroup led by Ivo Watts-Russell, founder of the British record label 4AD. Although Watts-Russell and John Fryer were technically the only two official members, the band's recorded output featured a large rotating cast of supporting artists, many of whom were signed to, or otherwise associated with, 4AD. 

The idea was to allow artists the creative freedom to record material outside of the realm of what was expected of them; it also created the opportunity for innovative cover versions of songs personal to Ivo. About half of the songs released were cover versions, often of 1960s and 1970s psychedelic and folk acts, which displayed those two genres' place in the history and formation of dream pop. On each of the band's three LPs, at least one song would also be a cover of a 4AD artist, and most of the original songs were instrumentals.

Our Goon Show this week will be 'The Great  Regents Park Swim'.

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