JOHN DORAN ON NEW WEIRD BRITAIN - LATE JUNCTION 30.05.19 (320kbs-m4a/206mb/1hr30mins)
BBC Radio 3 broadcast: 30th May 2019
Co-founder of The Quietus magazine John Doran has been travelling the length and breadth of the country in search of the musicians of New Weird Britain, an underground movement of music in the margins that favours one-off art happenings that are improvised, shocking and surreal. Artists of all stripes in Britain have been driven out of city centres by soaring rent prices, hit hard by cuts in arts funding and dwindling revenues from the digital economy. But untethered from the prospect of making any money and fueled by the current political crisis, a band of musicians are splintering away from convention to stage unrepeatable performances that stand in diametric opposition to austerity.
Ahead of his four-part Radio 4 series on the subject, John talks Max Reinhardt through the bands he discovered on his trip and the heritage of British esoteric music made in times of unrest.
Elsewhere Max plays music by CukoO, a musician based in the west country who makes organic dance music for school children, and languid psychedelia from Vanishing Twin’s latest album.
Produced by Alannah Chance.
A Reduced Listening Production for BBC Radio 3.
Max Bacon - Beigels [JWM]
Vanishing Twin - Backstroke [Fire]
The Galilee Singers - Didn't It Rain, Little Children? [Document]
Jiha Park - On Water [Glitterbeat]
George Cromarty - Flight [Numero Group]
Sunburned Hand Of The Man - The Parakeet Beat [Smalltown Supersound]
Simon & Garfunkel - Wednesday Morning, 3am
Natalie Sharp - BodyVice
Hawthonn - Eden
Coil - Ether [Chalice]
Beluga Stone - Master Stone Runs The Voodoo Down [U Know Me]
Franck Biyong - Voodoo Pulses [Afrolectric Music Ltd.]
CukoO - Rain [Patterned Air Recordings]
Mirela Ivičević - Baby Magnify/Lilith's New Toy [Huddersfield Contemporary]
Brian Harnetty - Lucy [Karl]