The February playlist is kind of special as a double list has been choosen by Bern Stock and Lester Litchfield, the two guitarists from the Wellington post rock band, Hiboux.
** Bern’s playlist **
- Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – Little Wing
This is the best cover of Little Wing I’ve ever heard. I love it for Stevie’s channeling abilities; he’s not just playing, he’s floating in inspiration. He doesn’t need to think to express every detail of thought with his playing. His tone is so impressive even with such a simple setup. Honestly this is like a perfect fibonacci spiral in sonic waves. It never gets old because it’s timelessy beautiful.
I used to watch this band live all the time in Sydney when i was growing up. I loved their old incarnation “Purplene” with 2 gtrs/bass/drums, but the present lineup gtr/bass/drums/violin really works well for them. I love that they, like Tool do not use their faces to sell their music. Always mesmerising live. Thanks for so many good shows, guys!
- The Cure – Disintegration
Disintegration is one of those songs that never, ever gets old to my ears. I love the sound of the guitars & keyboards on the whole Disintegration album. So many layers & great song-writing, along with perfectly fitting artwork. The Cure were always 100 times better live than any recording of them. I remain influenced and inspired by them to this day.
- The Mark of Cain – Familiar Territory
This song reminds me of a certain period in Australian music. They’re like the bastard love-child of Henry Rollins & Helmet. When you simplify things down to power chords like Kurt Kobain did, you have to come up with interesting riffs to offset the simplicity, & these guys always came through with that. I love driving riffs like this.
This track is such a journey, with interesting twists & turns & places to go the whole way. Only a sunrise or an epic landscape can really do this song justice. It epitomises a dynamic and emotive and sound I would love to emulate in my own music. Movie soundtrack stuff! Get lost in it 🙂
** Lester’s playlist **
- Jean Michel Jarre – Souvenire de China
This song represents many things I love about music. It’s heavy without being metal, it weighs on you like a big think blanket, it’s completely genuine to the point of being naive. I’m well known for being vulnerable to new age.
This song is so clean and perfect it’s hard to believe. It has a lovely minimalism but the drumming is bestial. When I first heard it I couldn’t believe it. I just sat there in a trance.
From 3 minutes this song goes from good to great, with this strangely riff that won’t leave me alone, it’s alien, primordial and a little bit Scottish. The whole album is great, and I think their best work to date, which is pretty good for a band as old as they are now. It’s like their ‘Kid A’.
- Dukes of Leisure – Science
From now defunct wellington Band Dukes of leisure. It’s melancholic and sweet, and feels familiar even the first time you hear it. I miss these guys.
- Sebastien Tellier – La Ritournelle
This thing just keeps going and going like a sort of tragic unrequited love. The drummer is this amazing guy from Nigeria and they just find it and hold it and that’s it.
Bern : The Hiboux song I want to use to accompany this playlist is called “Standing Waves” – but as it is not yet recorded, I will refer you to “Precession”.
Lester : I like this song because it’s very organic. Thought all the notes are mostly the same each time now, we never really wrote it – we just kept playing it until it settled. It also has a sort of yearning that I like in music.