McAlpine's Fusiliers
  • McAlpine's Fusiliers
  • Luke Kelly
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As down the glen came McAlpine’s men
With their shovels slung behind them,
'Twas in the pub they drank their sup
And up in the spike you’ll find them.

They sweated blood and they washed down mud
With pints and quarts of beer,
And now we’re on the road again
God damn and blast their ears. 

 

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OSTROVIA - “Sława”

UK singer songwriter James Bay has been making me melt and swoon for half a year now, ever since I first heard his tender gem Let It Go. A few weeks ago, he set loose another moving and delicate beauty, Hold Back The River, the title track off his EP, out November 17 on Republic Records. It’s another tear jerker of a sentimental folk jam, and he’s released a video for the song today. James’ long hair and hat still remind me of how Conor Oberst looks with long hair, but his style of music is quite the opposite of Conor’s raw, bleak tendencies.

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Grzegorz z Ciechowa - “Polka galopka” / “ojDADAna” [1996]

Info: Above - part 4 of the short four-part movie “ojDADAna”, directed by the renowned filmmaker Jan Jakub Kolski for music from the album by Grzegorz Ciechowski [recorded as Grzegorz z Ciechowa - Grzegorz from Ciechów]. Grzegorz Ciechowski completed a remarkable project: he used recordings of some vanishing folk songs, sung by oldest village singers from the rural areas of Poland, and remixed them with modern samples and his own compositions - a unique project at that time in Poland and very surprising, coming from one of the most iconic Polish rock / new wave / post punk singers.

German deep house duo Lakechild craft a beautiful remix out of Australian folk act The Paper Kites’ Featherstone, and its such a sublime, soothing listen. I was just watching Milky Chance live last night (which was fantastic), and thinking about how fine of a line there is nowadays between folk music and electronic music, with all the tropical house and melodic house we get now from producers (and with how upbeat folk itself can be, like in Milky Chance’s case). Lakechild certainly makes this The Paper Kites song their own, flawlessly transitioning into those chill, melodic regions, and making the song seem like it was meant to be heard this way. The duo also remixed Angus & Julia Stone’s Grizzly Bear a couple months ago, and it’s another blissful, summery must listen. Check it out below.

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