Libertino records band Silent Forum have put together an eclectic playlist for us to help pass our time in lockdown.
Here Silent Forum’s Richard Wiggins and his bandmates tell us about each of the tracks he has chosen:
The Homesick – I Celebrate My Fantasy Richard
The Homesick’s Beach Boys inspired sound quickly transforms into something scatty and volatile on their new LP. The simple but complex lead piano melody of this track is played in such an excited fashion that it gets tied up in itself, all other instrumentation sounds phenomenal bouncing off of it. .
Noname – Song 32 Richard
Smooth jazz rap production and conscious, punchy rapping in the verses is offset by a fun, melodic chorus. Noname is a genius. She has also said some questionable things which I am willing to ignore.
Andras – Honeybee Oli
This is bound to cheer you up, it soundtracks my one-exercise-of-the-day socially distant city cycles and is a Joyful low-key acid house jam
Hayley Williams – Roses/Lotus/Violet/Iris Oli
I happily admit to being a huge Paramore fan. Their emo stuff, their pop-punk stuff, even their new pop sheen. But even I was surprised at the artistry and vision on show in Hayley Williams’ first solo material. This single and the previous EP cover a lot of ground and give a good flavour of one of the most popular alternative front-people of our generation.
Mahler – Symphony No. 2 in C Minor “Resurrection”: IV. Urlicht Dario
Mahler’s 2nd is an astounding work in terms of force, profundity, grandeur, impact, power and beauty. It is also pretty long; however, this piece – the penultimate movement preceding the grand and sublime finale – is short and sweet, displaying a movingly graceful vocal line and swelling harmonies.
Mendelssohn – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Incidental Music, Op. 61: No. 7, Noctrurne. Con moto tranquillo Dario
Mendelssohn wrote the original midsummer night’s dream overture at just 17 years old; it’s an incredibly mature work. Later in his life he revisited the piece, incorporating an incidental work to his earlier composition. The later additions are actually far less noteworthy, apart from the nocturne, which is absolutely beautiful, and worth the admission price alone.
Khruangbin, Leon Bridges – Midnight
Elliot – Khruangbin’s expressive but spacious sound has been keeping my blood pressure low for the past two years. I never knew I wanted a sexy vocal accompaniment until they dropped their Texas Sun short album with Leon Bridges, and Midnight just edges out as my favourite track of a wonderful bunch.
Swing – S’en aller
Elliot – I can’t remember where I stumbled upon this single earlier this year but it’s been jamming out in my low key bangers playlist ever since. I’ve always been a sucker for lyrics I can’t understand, maybe because it highlights their percussive element, maybe because I’m too lazy to pay attention to the meaning behind them or just maybe French is objectively alluring.
Perfect Body – Slow
All – Perfect Body have always been a band with a definitive sound. They have always been great. On this track a dramatic, slow moving specticle periodically explodes into epic reverby chords. The paper thin, delicate vocals float gorgeously around the chaos.
Adwaith – Lan Y Môr
All – Adwaith’s latest single has a sunny disposition and an awesome, gravely bassline which is mimicked by the guitar in a clever way. It infectiously speeds and gets all giddy in the last third – glorious stuff.