The Blogariddims project has come to an end with this special 50th terminus-mix. It has seven-minute contributions from many of the 20 or so DJs, mixers and bloggers that have participated over the series (a meta-mix?).
I’ve gone back to some of the English postpunk of my youth. Not the chopped-guitar postpunk that is so popular today (ie Bloc Party, Young Knives); but music with a softer focus (apologies for the softcore picture). Some might not even call this postpunk, but both John Foxx (Ultravox!) and Vini Reilly (Ed Banger and the Nosebleeds) came from a punk background. Virginia Astley could never be described as punk (her early outfit The Ravishing Beauties sound a lot like her solo-music) —- but she, along with John, Vini and several others (like Young Marble Giants, Marine Girls, Eyeless in Gaza, David Sylvian) arrived at a similar place at around the same time.
A place where people are sleeping in their gardens, waking up listening to church and cow bells on a Sunday morning, listening to Mozart with the windows open (well Vini Reilly anyways judging my the cover of his debut). A place where music is slower, sparser and gentler than the flag-waving stuff that came from their one-letter one-digit contemporaries at the other side of the Irish Sea.
My segment in Blogariddims 50 is a tribute to those who made this music. The true new romantics.
Thanks to Droid for setting this all up and for inviting me in the first place.
Tracklisting. A Garden Faded.
Sources are mostly digital since some of my pictured vinyl had faults.
- A summer long since gone (excerpt) - Virginia Astley
- The Garden (digital source) - John Foxx
- Sketch for summer (excerpt)- Durutti Column
- Faded with the Sun - Fieldtripq (soundbed throughout)
- Vondelpark Crossing - Peet Sneekes (field recording, soundtransit.nl)
- Windebells in Koiwa - Frederik Froument (field recording, soundtransit.nl)