What makes us proud of The Wandering Lamb Music Blog is our diversity. With 9 writers in our team, we learn a lot from each other when it comes to the music infiltrating our ears. This week our Victorian writer Ben offers us his Prime Cuts, a collection of quite recent tracks that cover ambience to commercial “diva”. ENJOY!!!!
Cut La Via
File Next To Jean Michel-Jarre, Nine Inch Nails
“La Via” is a typical example of Nine Inch Nails’ keyboardist Alessandro Cortini’s latest instrumental album “Risveglio” (Awaken in Italian). A molten, bubbling yet boppy conversation between two Roland synthesizers and a delay pedal. Cool.
File Next To Bad Lieutenant
For the first time in a decade, New Order return with first single “Restless” from new album “Music Complete”. Minus bassist Peter Hook (who did a Roger Waters and quit in a fit of pique), Bernard Sumner, Steve Morris, Phil Cunningham and the returning Gill Gilbert on keys are joined by Tom Chapman for this assured take on modern life.
Cut Rattle The Lock
File Next To Pink Floyd
The one and only Dave Gilmour. “Rattle That Lock” is the title track of his first album in 10 years. Co-written with wife Polly Samson, it touches on John Milton’s epic poem “Paradise Lost”, and also features longtime musical collaborators Guy Pratt (bass), Jon Carin (keys) with Phil Manzanera (guitar) and Steve DiStanislau (drums). Nice.
Cut 28,000 Days
File Next To Brooke Fraser
It’s been a while but welcome back Alicia Keys with “28,000 Days”. Apparently the average length of an average human life. Seize the day, etc. With typical Keys soul-n-brass up-frontery.
Cut Lion of Rock
File Next To Coldplay
Colorado husband and wife duo Mike and Lisa Gungor have been making alternative sounds for a number of years that reflect their spiritual journey. There’s definitely something Coldplay-ish about it all – think the most recent work of Chris Martin and co on “Ghost Stories”. From their new album “One Wild Soul”.