COVENTRY Music Museum curator Pete Chambers BEM writes for the Observer.
Always Be Coventry – Avidfan
All hail Simon Ward, a regular Mr nice guy, a proud Coventrian and a top bass player to boot.
His video and photo skills are pretty good too.
So here, we have a video entitled ‘Always Be Coventry’ by Avidfan (Simon of course).
It’s a terrific piece of art, zoned in on the City of Culture ethos.
It’s a narrative voiced by Simon over his drums and bass track, and highlights in words and phrases some of the things that make Coventry great.
Like Jaguar, Godiva, Delia Derbyshire, culture and Cathedrals and so many more.
Simon said: “It’s an Alphabetical Ode to my City of Culture 2021 and some of the amazing things we have shared with the world.
“A to Z and back again.
”As the visuals move along, each word is displayed on the screen, and it all becomes pretty hypnotic after a while.
In truth, this is something better seen that me trying to explain it, you really must check it out.
Visit this story at coventryobserver.co.uk to click through to the video.
Warriors of the Dystotheque
Warriors of the Dystotheque return to their own label Fly Beat Music for the release of the first track from the forthcoming new album ‘Lost In Silence’ which features the vocal talents of Lydia Kaye (Kalahara) and has been produced on a remote island off the coast of France by the self-proclaimed musical nomad, the legendary Howie B (who has worked with the likes of Bjork, Massive Attack, Tricky and U2).
‘Lost In Silence’ sees the band return to what they describe as a jazz influenced broken beat sound and immersive vocals with British singer Lydia Kaye.
Lydia herself said: “I was thrilled to team up with the Warriors for their new release and had an instant affinity with this track, I was inspired by the jazz tipped style, reminiscent of the music I grew up with, and it’s the kind of music I always wanted to make.
“I felt a real sense of freedom working on this song.
“It was really fresh and exciting to work with a new palette of sounds alongside an awesome collective of musicians that let me do my thing.”
She added: “The melody came instinctively and led me into this unresolved feeling of unrequited love.
“We’ve all been there – when the pain of waiting to hear from someone, leaves you in limbo and can have a maddening and numbing effect on your mind.
“Now having worked on this track with the Warriors we’re going to do a few more for the forthcoming album, which I’m super excited about.”
This release is funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s SIAP fund and the University of Atypical.