Josh Haden makes slooowwww music at the best of times, music which drips with atmosphere. I first came across his band Spain when a song of theirs was featured On the best TV series ever made© Six Feet Under and I duly lapped up everything they’d ever created. ‘She Haunts My Dreams’ and its successor ‘I Believe’ were the standout highlights for me. The track ‘Hope and Prayed’ taken from the former still makes the hairs on my arm rise up in unison.
Valparaiso release their debut album ‘Broken Homeland’ tomorrow and they’ve shared the track Bury My Body from the record with us which features some striking vocals from Shannon Wright. The Parisian musical collective deriving from the cult band Jack The Ripper also features the voices and poetry of Phoebe Killdeer of Nouvelle Vague, Howe Gelb, Spain’s Josh Haden, Dominique A, Moriarty’s Rosemary Standley, Venus’ Marc Huyghens, Mansfield Tya’s Julia Lanoë, and is recorded, mixed and produced by John Parish. Look out for a tour soon with different guests each night (we’d lay money down one of them won’t be Ronan Keating).