Musicality 2011 – Episode 4 – Sea Tales


This week we are heading to the seaside. Which means songs about sailors, shipwrecks and sea creatures. The ocean has influenced musicians as long as humans started a relationship with the seaside.

Considering the length of this relationship, it is somehow appropriate the one of the first pieces of music considered modern music, Claude Debussy’s La Mer, is a textural representation of the sea. That idea of representing the sea by using the texture of sounds rather than melody is reflected in this weeks episode by the French electro-acoustic group Zreen Toys, industrial group Nurse With Wound and composer (with a jazzy streak) Philip Clemo.

We’ll also take a more traditional route, with sea shanties from The Pogues and Robin Williamson, while Tom Waits, Stevin Merritt (The 6ths though more famously known for the Magnetic Fields) and Robert Wyatt gives us the human side of going over the ocean.

Needless to say Thomas Fehlmann and Mr Scruff just be silly.

Zreen Toys – Water Landscapes from the album “Aesthetically Nebulous” (Clinical Archives)

Robert Wyatt – Shipbuilding from the single “Shipbuilding” (Rough Trade)

Tom Waits – Shore Leave from “Swordfishtrombone” (Island)

The 6ths – The Sailor In Love With The Sea from “Hyacinths and Thistles” (Merge)

Thomas Fehlmann – I Wanna Be A Fishy from “One to Three” (R&S)

Mr. Scruff – Shanty Town from “Keep It Unreal” (Ninja Tune)

The Pogues – Greenland Whale Fisheries (2:36)

George Henderson and Alastair Galbraith-Macquarie Island from the compilation “Killing Capitalism with Kindness” (Turbulance Records)

Robin Williamson – Sir Patrick Spens from “The Iron Stone” (ECM)

M Bentley – Piano Ship (Alternative Mix) (4:00)

Nurse With Wound – Salt Marie Celeste (extrack) from Salt Marie Celeste (United Diaries)

Philip Clemo – Depth (Edit) from “Ambiguous dialogues” (Metier Jazz)

The Go-Betweens – Surfing Magazines from “The Friends of Rachel Worth” (Jet Set)

Related Links

Clinical Archives net Label (home to Zreen Toys and other legally free downloadable albums)

Macquarie Island – The history of industry on the island

Greenland Whale Fisheries – Wiki entry on the history of the Sea Shanty and it’s various versions

Salt Marie Celeste – about the album


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