King Post Kitsch answered the questions for Recommended #3 last Friday, so this week it’s the turn of The Japanese War Effort.
Who are you recommending? and why?
I am recommending Wounded Knee, an Edinburgh-based a cappella loop sensation. His music is driven by a real affection for words and sound, and he possesses such a deep, thick and beautiful voice it’s hard not to be drawn by it.
How would you describe the music?
Bold, simple and evocative. Layers of percussive and melodic vocal sounds, where improvisation cedes into simple refrains and neat little verses. Slivers of Scottish culture – such as Weirs Way, old folk songs and working songs, his beloved Hibs – are often heard in his performances, and there is always a humour tied into his affection for the material he covers which lends it a most comforting quality.
How did you discover this band/artist?
Seeing him live. Wounded Knee is a regular in various circles of live music in Edinburgh, and I must have seen him perform over 10 times by now. It’s rather hard to pinpoint in my mind which of those was the first..
How would you describe the live experience?
Hypnotic, engaging, a more developed version of the recordings, that draws out the ideas and melodies in a freer, more improvised form. There is simply nothing quite like it.
If you had to suggest one of his songs to start someone off with what would it be?
Anti-fascist Reel (below) is an excellent track, a perfect introduction to what Wounded Knee is capable of: beats, humour, and a wonderful simplicity in dealing with subject matter. It invoked a mass sing-along last time I saw him playing live. Brilliant stuff.
A big thanks to The Japanese War Effort for the recommendation.
Next Friday Wounded Knee will be answering some questions on the band he has chosen to recommend.
For more Wounded Knee visit his Myspace.