Welcome to Singsong ‘Home Movies’: a selection of music available for licensing to physical formats, synchronising to other media, and of course listening to at home, work and on the move.
You can also find links to the albums which these tracks are taken from with onward access to streaming media.
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KALA: “TUMBLEWEED DREAMS”
From US rock band Kala, this single edit of the title track from 2021-released ‘Tumbleweed Dreams’ channels the band’s powerful brew of Americana, soul and funk perfectly. Harleys roll the empty desert two-lane blacktops to a powerhouse performance from singer-songwriter Phil Jones.
ROD CLEMENTS: “NO TURNING BACK”
“No Turning Back” – but then who would want to from this tropical vista? Lindisfarne’s Rod Clements soundtracks a trip through palms to azure blue water with languid slide guitar in a quasi-Hawaiian instrumental that nails the island beach vibe perfectly. You can find more of his work on a career spanning album in ‘One Track Mind 2008’ along with the rest of Rod’s solo work, all reissued by Singsong.
ZEBRAS DON’T SMOKE: “I’M A MARIONETTE”
Feeling sorry for the sad girl in the spotlight, this pacey prog-rock take on Swedish popsters ABBA’s “I’m A Marionette” hits all the right buttons. It delivers this timeless song, along with a number of their 70s hits to be found on 2021’s ‘Don’t Mention The Swedes’, with all the gusto and enthusiasm of the fans that Zebras Don’t Smoke clearly are – coupled to the sheer professionalism of the band’s line-up (a roll call of US and UK classic rock artists!)…
RAY FENWICK: “TAM TAM”
Taking mid-tempo time out in the dance studio, this on-call session guitarist of decades standing brings here all the expertise won in his time with the legendary Spencer Davis’s Group in the 1960s as well as many subsequent Deep Purple band solo projects. Ray shows off his chops with this take from his 2021 instrumental release ‘Going Large’: sinewy, expressive and completely enveloping jazz/funk guitar at its finest…
And here is another great track from Ray: this time it’s his “Firepower 44” – a slow-paced, steady beat with a big build reached via a mellow mid-section. Perfect for this night driving sequence!
DECKCHAIR POETS: “BEAM ME UP AGAIN”
On this up-tempo trip to the outer limits, prog-rock humourists (yes – it’s a thing!) Deckchair Poets showcase riveting rock tropes with a flourish in this take from their 2021 release ‘‘The Crop Circlers’ Guide To Abstract Expressionism’. It’s an exhilarating ride, with catchy keyboard and lead guitar couple to trademark chorus lines…
JOHNNY WARMAN: “WILL YOU DANCE WITH ME?”
1980s new-age synth pop from this Elton John prodigy gets them on the dance-floor at this club night with Johnny’s bopping “Will You Dance With Me?” It’s taken from 1981’s ‘Walking Into Mirrors’ and from the off evidences his knack for a pop song. Gaining favour all over again with the retro techno scene, all Johnny’s albums on Singsong brim over with catchy hooks like this one’s…
SHIVA’S QUINTESSENCE: “REPTILIAN CORPORATE SIGN LANGUAGE”
A surreal and dystopian world obsessed with control and wealth forms the visual narrative for this edit of mid-paced synth-driven New Age “Reptilian Corporate Sign Language” – the opener to the album ‘Cosmic Surfer’ by Shiva’s Quintessence. As the world struggles to restore some ‘normality’, post-Covid, the song is even more prescient. The film’s ‘future fire of molten gold’ may not be a pretty prospect but the topic is handled with some dark humour by Phil ‘Shiva’ Jones and cohorts, who share a longer timeline than you might imagine, being former members of cult UK 1960/70s psychedelic/Eastern fusion band, Quintessence …
MARVIN AYRES: “UNDER BLUE”
Enveloped slowly underwater off a tropical island, Ayres soundtracks the journey sub-aqua. Atypical of much of his languid symphonic string recordings, “Under Blue” – taken from a brand new compilation of music from his 20+ year career in ‘The Lowered Veil’ – is sturdier, with greater urgency. A composer and performer of minimalist music in the tradition of Arvo Pärt, Gorecki and Brian Eno, Marvin’s world is transporting, the soundtrack to inner stillness. Close your eyes and his sublimely subtle compositions are totally immersive.
MIDNIGHT FLYER: “HEY BOY”
A night on the town takes us to the doors of a club and the dance floor. Blues rock chanteuse Maggie Bell’s 70’s rock super-group cut this upbeat belter for the band’s only album, the self-titled ‘Midnight Flyer’. Straight-up rocker “Hey Boy” has all the pace and vim (and something of the innocence) of the day: the type of song the DJ would spin to break a spell and re-galvanise the floor.
THE YARDBIRDS: “HEART FULL OF SOUL”
Backtracking nostalgia to a night out in London in a former time, this power-house live version of The Yardbirds’ “Heart Full of Soul” has all the urgency and vivacity the song merits. A career incubator for guitarists Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton, this 1960s British band stormed the charts worldwide. Recorded live in the US for the album ‘Making Tracks’, you can find the song in the good company of other classics like “Shapes of Things” and “For Your Love”…
KEVIN AYERS: “LAY LADY LAY”
A young woman on a bed eating fruit with a spoon: a simple little film merits being all about her, as the song itself is. Famously cited as having a voice that could make him a fortune selling rare wine and cheeses on TV, British experimentalist singer-songwriter and ex-Soft Machine co-founder Ayers had a soft spot for Bob Dylan’s work, evidenced on this knowing cover of his famous “Lay Lady Lay”. Erotic without being in the least sleazy, and delivered in Ayers’ laconic and lubricious bass register, the version is subtly anticipatory of what could elapse. Taken from ‘The Happening Combo’ – a compilation of previously unreleased Ayers’ recordings along with others from guitarist Ollie Halsall and beat poetess Lady June.
KALA – “SUN”
That ‘fat old sun in the sky’ is the star attraction of this 1973-recorded whoozy country rock paean from Kala, the band that Quintessence frontman Shiva would form post the demise of his band. Shiva’s powerful vocals soar over melodic mid-tempo pop rock as the song tracks the rise and fall of Bright Phoebus. Take from ‘After Quintessence: The Complete Kala Recordings 1973’ (SINGSONG130), if the music veered more to the West than the East in ethnic influence then the album that followed – 1970s-1980s compilation release, ‘Tumbleweed Dreams’ – was to cement Shiva – now Phil Jones’s – immersion in the land of the founding fathers.
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