Ft. Calexico, Oh Mercy, John Bramwell (I Am Kloot), Dream Wife, Hollie Cook

This week on Prime Cuts we learn that Calexico have the ability to get on a groove and momentary reinvent themselves.  We are excited to have Melbourne’s Oh Mercy back with an instantly memorable cut, and we team it up with I Am Kloot’s John Bramwell, a British Singer/Songwriter who really deserves more love.  Highly hyped Dream Wifeprovide hope for 2018 as does London’s answer to reggae for a new generation, Hollie Cook.

  • Artist: Calexico 
  • Cut: Another Space
  • Label: Anti
  • Field: Tucson, USA
  • Flocks: Alt-Country, Psychedelic Jam
  • Flavours Of: Primal Scream, Soulwax, Damien Jurado

Ever since their debut ‘Spoke’ in 1997, Calexico have never really conformed to any set musical formula, although their foundations are built upon a global rhythmic understanding, drawing upon a country mainline that weaves through each of their nine albums.  Another Space, flips this entire notion on its head, instead, in its place, is a psychedelic jam out, with bass grooves and free styling trumpets that crescendo into shambolic brilliance.

  • Artist: Oh Mercy
  • Cut: Keep A Light On
  • Label: Oh Mercy
  • Field: Melbourne, Australia
  • Flocks: 60s Infused, Indie Pop
  • Flavours Of: Turin Brakes, Delays, Wilco

Perhaps one of the most under utilised bands/singer/songwriter in Australia, Alex Gow, who heads up Oh Mercy, continues to prove he is one of the best songwriters in our country.  2015’s ‘When We Talk About Love’never gained the ‘commercial’ success it should have in this country, but then again a listen to the latest Triple J top 100 will tell you that. Either way, Keep A Light On, is playful, clever and a perfectly crafted pop song will set the band on the right foot for their upcoming Australian tour.  Infectious melodies set against lyrical excellence.

  • Artist: John Bramwell
  • Cut: From The Shore
  • Label: Unknown
  • Field:  Cheshire, UK
  • Flocks: Singer/Songwriter, British Crooner
  • Flavours Of: Calexico, Richard Hawley, Guy Garvey

Speaking of underrated Singer/Songwriters, John Bramwell, lead singer and songwriter for the excellent I Am Kloot, writes some of the best and honest lyrics, much of it sadly going unheard to the masses of our musical society.  Hopefully, sometime in the not to distant future we will see the music of John Bramwell get the world listening in.  From The Shore, delivered from his forthcoming debut solo album ‘Leave Alone The Empty Spaces’, sounds very much like any I Am Kloot song, delicately acoustic guitars and shuffling drums that provide just enough comfort to guide Bramwell’s unmistakable vocals.

  • Artist: Dream Wife
  • Cut: Somebody
  • Label: Lucky Number
  • Field: Brighton, London, Reykjavik
  • Flocks: Indie Pop, Indie Rock
  • Flavours Of: Sunflower Bean, Dum Dum Girls, WarPaint

Leading to the delivery of their debut album, much hype surrounded Dream Wife, their name drawn from the classic Hollywood flick, a classic that had somewhat feminist tilt to it. The story of how the band came about is interesting, and lucky to say the least, born out of their fine arts  study. The outcome is a debut full of catchy grungy pop tunes.  Somebody, makes the point “I am not my body, I am somebody” an obvious but clear message of what this enthralling delivery of great pop punk music is all about.

  • Artist: Hollie Cook
  • Cut: Staying Alive
  • Label: Merge Records
  • Field: London, UK
  • Flocks: Reggae Pop, Indie Dub
  • Flavours Of: Jamie T, Saint Etienne, Thievery Corporation,

Hollie Cook is the daughter of Sex Pistol’s drummer Paul Cook, her music has little or not connection although with such a unique genre of music hitting the more mainstream airwaves, there is a rebellion nature, relative. Staying Alive, will give new fans of Cook’s work a fair grasp of the music on offer, this is hugely accessible reggae music that will redefine the genre for a new generation.