Peaking Lights

"There's something to microdosing..."

Peaking Light’s music is steeped in swirling, dreamy psychedelia, so it’s fitting that Aaron brought F. Bruce Lamb’s ‘Wizard of the Upper Amazon’ to share – the true story of Manuel Córdova-Rios’ trippy tribal experiences.

Olga Bell

"Don't worry about cosmic statements"

Russian-born Olga Bell was raised in Alaska but now calls New York her home. A classically-trained pianist, Olga now composes a variety of spacey electronica, and joins us in the studio to read Frank O’Hara’s poem “A True Account of Talking to the Sun at Fire Island”.

luisa

"Where's that otter coming from?"

This week, lùisa gets surreal when she delves into the weird and wonderful world of Andre Breton.

Expect the unexpected. And an otter.

Mark Wilkinson

"I've become a professional at avoiding the police"

For some musicians, constant travelling is a necessary evil. But for Mark Wilkinson, it became a ritual of self-reflection. Featuring a live acoustic soundtrack from the man himself.

 

Jimmy Whispers

"Dennis Rodman wants to kill himself"

Chicago’s Jimmy Whispers is certainly an oddity. From recording his debut album using only his iPhone’s notes app, to his infamously deranged live shows, Jimmy is anything predictable. True to form, Jimmy’s read_me session sees him reading select passages from Dennis Rodman’s autobiography, ‘Bad As I Wanna Be’.

Or rather, reading from his handwritten recollections of the book. Because he forgot to bring it.

 

Klangstof

"I give him my love back through music"

Klangstof’s Koen Van De Wardt takes a break from haunting vocals, sleek melodies and experimental beats and rhythms to talk about sharing the love through cooking… and music.

He reads ‘Marine Nasi’ and things get spicy.

Aldous RH

"Reciting the makings of you"

Previously of Manchester indie band Egyptian Hip HopAldous RH‘s solo output switches gear to offer meticulously-funky homemade soul ballads.

Here, Aldous joins us in the studio to read an excerpt from Curtis Mayfield‘s “The Makings of You”… and makes a tragically inaccurate prediction regarding Brexit.

DeWolff

"The car is smashed but he survived"

This week, DeWolff read a passage from Tom Wolfe‘s “the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.”

Hailing from the Dutch province of Limburg, Robin Piso and brothers Pablo and Luka de Poel bring Wolfe’s lucid stream-of-consciousness prose to vivid life…

Alex Cameron

"Keep your genitals clean"

Alex Cameron’s music is steeped in failure, crafting worlds of defeat and dejection that are both hilarious and heart-breaking. Today, the Sydney-based musician sits down with business partner and saxophonist Roy Molloy to read an excerpt from Andrew Dominik’s cult-classic movie, ‘Chopper’.

Featuring some choice advice as to maintaining a sense of dignity during those long days on the road.

My bubba

"It's like milk from another planet"

Swedish-Icelandic folk duo My bubba make eerily minimalist acoustic tunes, with sparse guitars and soft keys scoring their uncannily-similar voices.

For their read_me, My Larsdotter and Bubba Tomasdottir recite Fernando Pessoa’s poem ‘Salad,’ taken from his collection “A Little Larger than the Entire Universe.”

Tinariwen

"You can't have peace if you're weak"

Touareg desert nomads Tinariwen know what it means to be exiles. Their music mixes traditional African sounds and ancient languages with crunching blues guitars and driving rhythms.

Iyadou ag Leche joins us to read his own lyrics to the song “Toumast Tincha,” a call to action to his own people, imploring of them “where is your pride?”

Gwenno

"We all get turned into clones by robot overlords..."

Welsh musician Gwenno Saunders reads a passage from Owain Owain’s “Y Dydd Olaf,” the novel which inspired her debut album.

Previously a member of The Pippettes, Gwenno’s first record as a solo artist is notable for being sung almost entirely in the Welsh language (one track is in Cornish), blending lush future-pop soundscapes with dystopic sci-fi lyrics – riffing on the novel’s themes of minority cultures and state control.

The Parrots

"Get a tamagotchi!"

Spanish rock’n’rollers The Parrots met at university in Madrid and started writing music based on their shared interests – namely, smoking weed and getting drunk.

Now with the assistance of legendary Spanish engineer-producers Paco Loco and Mikey Young, they play with a gleeful idiocy, deliberately mangling the English language over fuzzed-out guitars and simple rhythms.

Today, they proudly read the lyrics to one of Spain’s greatest cultural achievements, Bejo’s “Mucho.”

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