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  1. Troika #35 Happy Birthtape! | Hicks Journal

    I’ve had this episode waiting for this moment ever since I started doing Troika, because of a special event on, July 2nd 2019. Our wonderful daughter Samantha turns 18 today, and while I’m still trying process that, I’m going to take you back to July 1st 2001.

    Leigh and I are in the maternity ward at the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford, and we had been advised to take along a mix tape of her favourite music. The general idea was to make the labour room a little less clinical and provide some sort of home comfort, and it sounded like great advice at the time. In truth, there’s no such thing as a helpful soundtrack to childbirth, all our choices were either too chirpy or too dark. Here are three that stuck in our memories:

    ‘You make me feel so young’ – Frank Sinatra

    ‘Underground’ – Ben Folds Five

    ‘Paranoid Android’ – Radiohead

    Originally, this episode was going to stop there, but I wanted to bring this story up to date, rather than just dwell on the birth tape. Samantha and I have quite similar tastes in music, and without me indoctrinating her either. She’s discovered artists like The Smiths, Slowdive, Ride and My Bloody Valentine by herself.

    She’s also introduced me to artists that I now love, so there is a bonus Troika, with:

    ‘Never let me go’ – Florence and the Machine

    ‘Doom in full bloom’ – American Football

    ‘John Wayne’ – Cigarettes after Sex

    Happy Birthday Samantha! x

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  2. Troika 34: Voice | Hicks Journal

    For this episode I chose a subject that had too many possibilties, so I’ve ended up with a ‘Double Troika’ like I did with Tearjerkers!

    I wanted to look at music that just used the voice, and choose some examples that were just a small part of that huge spectrum. ‘Mouth Music’ has so many variations globally, that it would impossible to cover properly, so instead I’ve picked 6 of my favourites. Starting with the music you might expect (the polyphony of the Trio Mediaeval) and ending with the more modern sound of Björk’s ‘Who is it’ from her vocal-only album, Medúlla.

    1. ‘Salve Mater Misericordie’ by Trio Mediaeval (Traditional hymn, ‘Holy Mother have mercy’)

    2. ‘Sleep’ by Eric Whitacre

    3. ‘Boy 1904’ by Jonsi and Alex (the last known recording of a castrato singer, fact fans!)

    4. ‘Hide and Seek’ by Imogen Heap

    5. ‘Song for the Siren’ by This Mortal Coil (yes, this one is a bit cheaty as it has a guitar as well!)

    6. ‘Who is it (Carry my joy, the left, Carry my pain on the right)’ by Björk

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  3. Troika #32: Tearjerker | Hicks Journal

    This is a Troika I’ve been planning for a while now, and it all started with listening to Spiritualized’s ‘Broken Heart’ from ‘Ladies and Gentlemen We’re Floating in Space’. I’ve always thought it was the most heart-wrenching thing I’d ever heard and it was the catalyst to thinking about a Troika of sad songs.

    1. Anais Mitchell – ‘Shepherd’
    2. Jarvis Cocker & Chilly Gonzales – ‘Tearjerker’
    3. Spiritualized – ‘Broken Heart’
    4. Kate Bush – ‘This Womans’ Work’
    5. Nick Cave (featuring Else Torp) – ‘Distant Sky’
    6. Radiohead – ‘Harry Patch (In Memory Of)’

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  4. Troika #31: Dusk | Hicks Journal

    Troika episode 31 is almost a ‘Music for Stars Part II’. Carrying on the theme of ambient ‘post-rock’ music that featured in the first ever episode, I’ve chosen three beautiful tracks that I particularly think of at dusk. That half-light is an ideal visual for this style of atmospheric music, and it’s presented here without interruptions or long opening spiel. I don’t even name the tracks, as I decided to leave it to this post to pass on that information:

    1. ‘Building Clouds’ by Olavi Louhivuori
    2. ‘Even if You’re Never Awake’ by Stars of the Lid
    3. ‘God’s Teeth’ by This Will Destroy You Enjoy!

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