Ross & Daniel from Ibero-Scot-Cork band Horsemen Pass By give us their International Top 5, on the day that Ireland take on the EUROS (as opposed to the €€Euros€€, in which case they would certainly lose)
Here are our top 5 songs at the moment. Because 5 is a fairly limited amount we’re going to cheat and cheekily squeeze in a few more names.
1. Remember Remember – Scottish Widows
Ross: A beautiful track from Glasgow-based multi-instrumentalists Remember Remember. The album this comes from, The Quickening, is one of the best things I’ve heard this year.
2. Churches – Lies
Ross: Another Glaswegian band, Churches suddenly appeared a couple of weeks ago with this debut song. Top-class slightly dark synth-pop: just in time for summer.
3. Steve Moore (Zombi) – Alternate Quantum Realities
Daniel: I felt in love when I discovered Zombi. That atmosphere they create with the synths and the arpeggios takes you instantly to a beautiful sci-fi world. Zombi changed completely the way I saw electronic music. We can’t deny that along with Umberto and Goblin they are a big influence in Giallo.
4. Santiago de Murcia – Fandango
Daniel: I’m listening a lot to Spanish baroque guitar music lately and following the path that split into Mexican traditional son and flamenco. You find amazing guitar rhythms and structures that are the ancestors of things like Calexico, Camaron, Rodrigo and Gabriela and even surf music.
I hate the way in Spain most young people tend to find blues more authentic and cooler than their granddad’s trad songs. Then one day somebody will come and sell it to the world as the new “real thing” as they did with Buena Vista Social Club, Fanfare Ciocărlia, Amadou & Mariam or Riverdance.
From this particular song I love the last minute, how it slows down beautifully and then finishes with a magnificent storm.
5. Ennio Morricone – The Ecstasy of Gold
Horsemen Pass By think this is the best piece of music ever written and we’ll fight anyone who argues against that (we’ll fight them with you – ed.).
Giallo, the new EP from Horsemen Pass By, is out now