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  • Paul 8:32 PM on March 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Chelsea Wolfe, Cool Angels, , Deux Filles, , , Effevamine, Jack Greenleaf, Loney Dear, Melodium, , Speed Glue & Shrinki, , , Which Magic   

    Nuggets 231 – Evening 

    Nuggets 231 - Evening noises

    I have been listening to this mix in the evenings for the last few months. It hasn’t lost its allure.

    Click the link that follows if you can’t see a playlist below.

    http://html5.grooveshark.com/playlist/Nuggets+231+Evening+Noises/88030112

    [From the sirens sound]

    Deux Filles

    Simon Turner, Colin Tucker

    The short, mysterious career of the aptly named female French duo Deux Filles is bookended by tragedy. Gemini Forque and Claudine Coule met as teenagers at a holiday pilgrimage to Lourdes, during which Coule’s mother died of an incurable lung disease and Forque’s mother was killed and her father paralyzed in a grisly auto accident.

    The two teens bonded over their shared grief and worked through their bereavement with music. However, after recording two critically acclaimed albums and playing throughout Europe and North America, Forque and Coule disappeared without a trace in North Africa in 1984 during a trip to visit Algiers, where Forque had lived from birth to the age of five.

    Theories from abduction and murder to a planned disappearance to spontaneous human combustion have been floated, but in the ensuing years, not a trace of the duo has turned up except for a mysterious letter purportedly written by Coule claiming that the pair journeyed to India on a spiritual quest, only to meet with further hardships.

    Indeed, the short and terribly unhappy lives of Forque and Coule are at the root of the small but fervent cult following the mysterious duo have gained since their disappearance, not least because the placid, largely instrumental music on the duo’s albums betrays no hint of the sorrow that framed their personal lives.

    This would be a terribly sad story if a word of it were true. In reality, Deux Filles were Simon Fisher Turner, former child star/teen idol and future soundtrack composer, and his mate Colin Lloyd Tucker. Turner and Tucker left an early incarnation of The The in 1981 to pursue another musical direction.

    Turner claims that the idea of Deux Filles came to him in a dream, and he and Tucker strictly maintained the fiction throughout the duo’s career. Not only did they pose in drag for the album covers, the duo once even played live without the audience realizing that the tragic French girls on-stage were actually a pair of blokes from south London having a giggle.

    Deux Filles released two albums through Turner and Tucker’s Papier Mache label, 1982′s Silence & Wisdom and 1983′s Double Happiness. After that, the duo scrapped the Deux Filles concept and released two ambient pop albums as Jeremy’s Secret.

     
  • Paul 7:10 AM on January 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Autopilot is for Lovers, , , , , Family Band, , , Julianna Barwick, Lazer Zeppelin, Mountain Man, Sam Prekop, , The Corsairs, , Valerie June, Veronica Falls, Which Magic, Willie Williams, Young Marble Giants   

    Nuggets 261– Morning Voices 14 

    Nuggets 261 - Morning Voices 14

    Yeow – Sleep Over, Grouper, Young Marble Giants, Angel Olsen, TV Girl, Which Magic, Julianna Barwick, Mountain Man, Castanets, The Corsairs, Cate Le Bon, Valerie June, Sam Prekop, Autopilot is for Lovers, Bosque Brown, Family Band, First Aid Kit, Willie Williams, Eisley, Veronica Falls and Lazer Zeppelin.

    Two songs about the end of the world, one about bad teeth, another about digging, someone with a death wish and a miscellany of songs that appear to focus on unrequited love. Hmm.

    Valerie June is a delightful find. I have NPR’s All Songs Considered podcast to thank. She featured in their year end ‘best of’. Valerie looks like she should be rapping but sounds like Dolly Parton. Excellent.

    Playable playlist follows or try here –  http://html5.grooveshark.com/playlist/Nuggets+261+Morning+14/93910308

     
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