This week’s show, which is part of our KLOF series is something of a departure from previous offerings. It includes a number of poetry readings placed to music. In the case of Black Country poet Liz Berry and Adam Horovitz, those two tracks are from We Come the Sun (on Decca Records) – The album is composed by Cerys Matthews with Hidden Orchestra and features 10 UK poets – We posted about the release here.
The opening features readings by Beat writers Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac which I’ve remixed to music by Calexico from Feast of Wire (2003) and Hot Rail (2001)…unlike Ginsberg’s reading which was left untouched, I made a lot of changes to Kerouac’s reading to make it sound like it was almost meant for the music. I hope you enjoy the results as I had a great time putting it together. It is something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time but the time just never seemed to be right in terms of what else to build around and compliment them. There is also a recording from Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti taken from his album ‘A Coney Island of the Mind’.
Alongside these are plenty of other gems including:
- Music from Ursula K. Le Guin & Todd Barton’s Music and Poetry of the Kesh.
- Bill Callahan & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy featuring George Xylouris.
- Under the Reefs Orchestra.
- Hairetis Harper – featuring vocalist Yiagos Hairetis (Crete) and experimental harpist Maria-Christina Harper (London) – we wrote about them here.
A special thanks also to Stelios Romaliadis (Lüüp, Vault of Blossomed Ropes) for introducing me to Vault of Blossomed Ropes singer Anna Linardou. Her album Heterotopia (from which we have also taken the artwork for this mix), released by Underflow Records in 2019, is a variety of vocalities from different places and eras, transformed through a contemporary perspective. Vocal idioms of different traditions are blended with electroacoustics, sampling and free improvisation to create sonic landscapes of undefinable geography. Appalachian bluegrass and throat singing, Lebanese lullabies and prepared piano treatments, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Medieval tunes, extended vocals, electronics, sampling and resynthesis of voice and acoustic instruments are elements that constitute a place where the singing voice crosses the barriers of style and celebrates its multi-faceted nature. Get it on Bandcamp here.
The closing section of the mix features music from Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith (Peradam – reviewed here) and finally plays out to a field recording I made on the Quantock Hills recently.
In many ways this is something of an escapist mix, so try and take the time to listen somewhere quietly.
- Calexico and Allen Ginsberg – Untitled III / In The Back of the Real / Strange New Cottage in Berkeley (Folk Radio Remix)
- Calexico and Jack Kerouac – Crumble / The Beat Generation (Folk Radio Remix)
- Lawrence Ferlinghetti – Pt.10
- Under the Reefs Orchestra – Entre les roseaux
- Bill Callahan & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Rooftop Garden (feat. George Xylouris)
- Liz Berry, Cerys Matthews, Hidden Orchestra – Connemara
- Adam Horovitz, Cerys Matthews, Hidden Orchestra – A House Built From Cloth
- Ursula K. Le Guin & Todd Barton – Music and Poetry of the Kesh – 05 A Homesick Song
- Hairetis Harper – Tsakoniko
- Anna Linardou – Heterotopia
- Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith – Knowledge Of The Self
- Alex Gallacher – Quantock Hills Field Recording
Photo: Allen Ginsberg by Dijk, Hans van / Anefo – CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain
Album cover – Anna Linardou’s “Heterotopia”