Two very different treats for your ears

Tom Ravenscroft's music blog

Two things this week that have nothing in common, other than that I love them and that you should at least learn to like them.

They are peeved New Yorkers White Hills and the exceptionally pretty Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara. We'll start with the angry ones. White Hills have a new album out this month which is called Hp-1, which according to band member Ego, is symbolic of the simplification of complex ideas to keep the masses from questioning the system. The sleeve for the album, a fairly colourless and sad affair, is meant to represent the status quo that WH are trying to tear through with their guitar riffs. H-p1 sounds at times like pretty standard rock stuff but it's when shit starts getting all sci-fi that I begin to dig. Good music for the coming festival season and, dare I say it, kicking a few shop windows through to.

 

Last week I saw Fatoumata Diawara play a very short gig, at a strangely early hour in the basement of pub full of drunk businessmen and it was great. She stood on her own in a corner with just a guitar and a voice, played only four songs and then got the audience to accompany her in singing goodbye. My life is better for those ten minutes.

Download a free Fatoumata Diawara track here.

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SRSLY #83: The Awards Special 2017

On the pop culture podcast this week: all the action from the Oscars, plus our own personal awards.

This is SRSLY, the pop culture podcast from the New Statesman. Here, you can find links to all the things we talk about in the show as well as a bit more detail about who we are and where else you can find us online.

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SRSLY is hosted by Caroline Crampton and Anna Leszkiewicz, the NS’s assistant editor and editorial assistant. We’re on Twitter as @c_crampton and @annaleszkie, where between us we post a heady mixture of Serious Journalism, excellent gifs and regularly ask questions J K Rowling needs to answer.

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Anna's report on the Oscars.

Our episodes about Oscar-nominated films La La Land, Moonlight, Hidden Figures, Lion and Jackie.

For next time:

Caroline is watching MTV’s Sweet/Vicious.

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Our theme music is “Guatemala - Panama March” (by Heftone Banjo Orchestra), licensed under Creative Commons. 

See you next week!

PS If you missed #81, check it out here.