The Sunday Evening Round-Up on Soundcloud

Sunday evening has rolled around again, and so it’s time once more for a Soundcloud round-⁠up – though not, I hope, of any by now usual suspects.

An older project of the London singer, songwriter, composer, and producer Chris Garland (his current one is The Psychedelic Manifesto), the Diskowal­küren – which comprised, alongside Ilona Bolz-⁠Garland, a number of back-⁠up vocalists, all singing to his and Ralf Kappmeier’s music – may be a thing of the past, but fairly recently on his Soundcloud page he’s uploaded a number of their hitherto unknown tracks, including the quite humorous-⁠ironic “Alles Klar” (though, to be sure, the wit will be mostly lost on those whose German reicht nicht aus).

To many more “accessible” perhaps will be the version by Philip Vachon, a young musician and vocalist in New York, of that old standard of The Velvet Underground and Nico’s, “I’ll Be Your Mirror,” from his second album, </3, which he’s made available on his Soundcloud page – but it is every bit as lovely as the former is witty, with an accompaniment of handclaps that feel like a continuous round of applause and his vocal performance aching with a delicacy that sticks in one’s mind.

As a third piece of music in the mix, rather further afield, in Tokyo, Daisuke Tanabe has uploaded a new track, entitled “Paddle,” onto his Soundcloud page; it’s a composition that glides along to the sound of some pleasantly soft percussion.