North Sea Radio Orchestra - NSRO - chamber kraut folk - see also Shrubbies

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New album Dronne out today - am listening now and it's lovely - no different from their first three albums, then. The s/t debut and I A Moon are two of the best records since 2000, for mine. They've not had a thread yet for some reason - talk mostly confined to the Cardiacsy thread - but they've long fledged that nest. Oh, and the album they made when they were still a rock band, Shrubbies? That's amazing too - a proper lost 90's gem, all skywinding melodies and belting wig-outs.

If you've any interest in ornate melodic music then tune in...

imago, Friday, 9 September 2016 09:29 (four years ago) link

I want to go on a long rambling holiday. This has to be album of the year. NSRO are almost too much for the heart to bear.

tangenttangent, Friday, 9 September 2016 09:38 (four years ago) link

Listening for the first time, this is really lush, ty for the heads op lj.

If you're not familiar with The Halifax Pier, this sounds in their vein, they made two absolutely wonderful records. Seek out 'Put Your Gloves On And Wave'.

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 9 September 2016 09:59 (four years ago) link

(though Halifax Pier isn't as 'magical' melody-wise, nor krauty)

Listenign to this further and already hearing Tortoise, Broadcast, Ghost Box stuff in Dronne as well. I'm officially on board!

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 9 September 2016 10:03 (four years ago) link

Oh, will def check out The Halifax Pier then! :) Glad to have you aboard!

For the rest of you, here's the (IMO) standout track from the new NSRO, and surely one of the best songs of the (last five) year(s):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=771mc4eFiaQ

imago, Friday, 9 September 2016 10:12 (four years ago) link

Craig's records as Arch Garrison are worth your attention also.

MaresNest, Friday, 9 September 2016 11:01 (four years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqSgQDjvuFI

MaresNest, Friday, 9 September 2016 11:02 (four years ago) link

Arch Garrison is lovely indeed.

Also, for London-based people, NSRO are playing a little free gig at The Union Chapel one afternoon in November.

tangenttangent, Friday, 9 September 2016 11:58 (four years ago) link

Interview with Stuart Maconie a couple of weeks back(with a slightly terrifying accompanying photo).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p045yhd6

Craig is such a ridiculously modest and self-effacing chap. I do sometimes want to shake him while shouting "MATE, YOU'RE ACTUALLY QUITE GOOD YOU KNOW!"

But obviously I would never do that, probably.

Pheeel, Friday, 9 September 2016 15:10 (four years ago) link

this is pretty awesome, feels like a Bach/"early music" version of Penguin Cafe Orchestra kinda

Pull your head on out your hippy haze (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 9 September 2016 16:41 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

so yeah, Arch Garrison really is quite something, have been playing their music non-stop these last two days. on holiday of course

imago, Sunday, 18 February 2018 10:59 (three years ago) link

Have you heard this LJ?

https://jlarcombe.bandcamp.com/

MaresNest, Sunday, 18 February 2018 14:08 (three years ago) link

wow! will definitely check that out now thanks!

also, SO hyped for the other Larcombe's Lost Crowns project

imago, Sunday, 18 February 2018 15:48 (three years ago) link

mmm this is very lovely and mysterious

imago, Sunday, 18 February 2018 15:54 (three years ago) link

wow 'a suit of tatters'!

imago, Sunday, 18 February 2018 16:01 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

At this point I can't wait for the 2010-2019 trax poll so I can put The Oldest Road at #1 tbh

imago, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 13:28 (three years ago) link

d'you mean The British Road?

Simon H., Tuesday, 10 April 2018 13:31 (three years ago) link

Is that a Robert Wyatt cover?

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 10 April 2018 13:35 (three years ago) link

The English Road and The Oldest Road are different songs! The former is NSRO covering Wyatt, the latter is Arch Garrison (two of NSRO) making an original song and basically killing me in the process

imago, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 13:38 (three years ago) link

Ahhh.

Simon H., Tuesday, 10 April 2018 13:39 (three years ago) link

It's linked upthread. For some reason I didn't hear it at the time

imago, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 13:40 (three years ago) link

Yes, Oldest Road makes me squinty and weak every time.

Mungolian Jerryset (bendy), Tuesday, 10 April 2018 15:53 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

Fortnam and his former-ilxor chum are back :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLohYdwkv_Q

imago, Thursday, 6 August 2020 17:22 (eleven months ago) link

CF solo record due out sometime in the near-ish future also, I hear.

Maresn3st, Thursday, 6 August 2020 18:46 (eleven months ago) link

one month passes...

AG have radiated, and it's so great as usual

https://archgarrison1.bandcamp.com/releases

Here's one of the best tracks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xx5d41nRXuc

imago, Friday, 18 September 2020 12:20 (ten months ago) link

There's a long old chat with (and a couple of songs from) Craig Fortnam on Gaz Williams' web show from this week.

https://youtu.be/kf30N2IoVp0

Kieron Arse (Noel Emits), Friday, 18 September 2020 12:43 (ten months ago) link

This is a great, great interview, thanks. Begins 34 minutes in

imago, Friday, 18 September 2020 21:55 (ten months ago) link

nine months pass...

https://craigfortnam.bandcamp.com/album/ark

have at it folks :)

imago, Thursday, 15 July 2021 22:19 (two weeks ago) link


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