Quarteto Em City - "Aleluia" (with Tamba Trio) (3:30)
Lena Platonos - "Bloody Shadows From A Distance" (3:05)
Ray Davies - "I Go To Sleep" (2:44)
Alfred Schnittke - "Piano Quintet, V" (3:21)
Agnes Obel - "Stretch Your Eyes" (Ambient acappella) (6:01)
The Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Choir - "Pilentze Pee (Pilentze Sings)" (2:22)
Agnes Obel - "Glemmer D" (2:03)
Agnes Obel - "Bee Dance" (2:34)
Sibylle Baier - "The End" (2:29)
Michelle Gurevich - "Party Girl" (4:28)
CAN - "Oscura Primavera" (3:19)
David Lang - "I Lie" (5:08)
Nina Simone - "Images" (live In New York 1964) (2:50)
Agnes Obel - "Poem About Death" (3:05)
Review: The latest missive in the evocative and open-minded Late Night Tales series comes from Agnes Obel, a Danish singer/songwriter whose fragile, pastoral songs seemingly join the dots between traditional folk music, neo-classical and early music. Fittingly, Obel's selections, while more diverse than many may have expected - see the soulful reggae throb of Nora Dean, the creepy jazz of Yello's "Great Mission" and the whispered synth-pop shuffle of Lena Platanos - are every bit as atmospheric and ethereal as her own work. It helps that she's included several of her own compositions, alongside inspired cuts that touch on Berlin School ambient, hazy easy listening, neo-classical, psychedelia, lo-fi art rock and, of course, folk.
Review: Hailing from Italy, Opez are specialists in a particularly dusky, understated brand of instrumental melancholia that they style themselves as 'Latin Desert and Funeral Party Music'. Whilst some listeners may be reminded of the likes of Ry Cooder's 'Paris Texas' soundtrack and Calexico, the truth is that the inspiration for 'Dead Dance' comes mostly from this duo's heartland home. With '50s tinges resonating alongside a richly orchestrated yet entirely acoustic palette, 'Dead Dance' is twilight music replete with style and grace Regardless of this outfit's origins, fans of Los Lobos, Cowboy Junkies and Angelo Badalementi will find themselves every much at home here.