Nuala Honan 16th Mar 15
Week 3 and I seem to be, gladly, keeping up with this new ritual. It’s new music monday on BBC 6 Music today, so I thoroughly recommend you tune in, right now! We’ve already heard Countney Barnett’s ‘Pedestrian at Best’ on Lauren Laverne this morning… (love this song)
Last week Best Girl Athlete released her debut album.. she’s from Aberdeen in Scotland.. she’s 15 years old. What? Yep. How? I can only guess by piecing together information from her own website and that of her label Fitlike Records, that her dad, CS Buchan, has assisted in producing the album and getting his daughter signed to Fitlike, who he is represented by himself. (Please correct me if i’m wrong) I think, stereotypically speaking, it can often the case that young musicians who find any kind of success, have parents who are active in or know the industry, and it might be frustrating to watch for those of us alone out there navigating our way through the cold, over-saturated landscape of music.. but do the best with what you’ve got, for goodness sake, the kid is 15, she’s having a damn good go of it, and she’s written and made this great track.
Donna Lewis (yep, remember the 90’s hit “i love you, always forever”?) has joined the wave of pop stars, who, late in their career, somehow always end up making a jazz album. BUT, Donna has recruited legends ‘The Bad Plus’ as her band, and producer David Torn, to make a very special album of covers and originals. Check out the making of video below and hear the tracks on iTunes.