Hello, friends. Gray Days and Gold is pleased to be with you again after a long absence, the result of making a sudden decision just after Christmas to sell our home and move from Virginia back to Ohio. Settling in here at the Gray Days Aerie (this month’s cover photo is the view from our bedroom) has freed up enough mental bandwidth that I’m able to resume thinking about music and presenting you with some of the items that have captured my attention at the moment. You’ll also find a tribute to the recently departed Cathal Coughlan and what might just be a world premiere of a new Cleaners From Venus track! Though life is change, the one thing that never wavers here at Gray Days and Gold is dedication to our ‘M4’ pledge: maximum melody and moderate melancholy.
You can listen to this episode via the embedded player just below in this post—if you don’t see it, try turning off your ad-blocker then reloading the page—or on the Mixcloud website, via the Mixcloud mobile app, on your Sonos system, etc.
There’s also a more barebones iteration of this episode’s playlist on Spotify (minus my commentary, as well as songs that are missing from their library).
If you like what you hear, please support the artists. You’ll find buy links to all the tracks in the bulleted list below.
- Yama Warashi, “Makai No Keiyaku” (2022) • BUY
- Telefís, “The Symphonies of Danny La Rue” (2022) • BUY
- Bobby Halvorson, “Tomorrow” (2022) • BUY
- The Cleaners From Venus, “Jubilee Line” (2022) • FOLLOW
- Erdmöbel, “Felicità” (2022) • BUY
- Farmer, “In Flames” (2022) • BUY
- LINDE, “Oblivion” (2022) • BUY
- The Monkees, “As We Go Along” (1968) • BUY
- Boris Maurussane, “Fun” (2022) • BUY
- Niagara Moon, “Boxed In” (2022) • BUY
- Carwyn Ellis, “Seventy Four” (2022) • BUY
- Cathal Coughlan, “Unrealtime” (2021) • BUY
More music from Maaike van der Linde
Check out the gorgeous track “Song for Caro” posted on her Soundcloud page in 2021.
And here’s a wonderful, a cappella live version of “Clock Gene” (another track appearing on her album Circadian), performed in Berlin in 2018 with The Women’s Choir, including Lisa Hannigan, Kate Stables, Rozi Plain, Heather Woods Broderick & Emma Broughton.
Earlier music from Boris Maurussane’s group, Like billy-ho.
Here’s the track “T.W.O.” from the album La Vacance (2013).
And because why not, here’s the lovely, melancholy instrumental “Detached Parts of Birds.”
Sadly, the full album doesn’t appear to be streaming or for sale (at least in the U.S.), but if you learn otherwise please let me know.
As always, thanks for listening. If you have questions, suggestions, etc. please feel free to contact me. And if you’d like to receive these posts via email, you can sign up here. Take care, and I hope you’ll tune in again soon.