Throwing Muses: Kristin Hersh, Leslie Langston, David Narcizo and Tanya Donelly (bicycle girl).
Green by Throwing Muses is still one of my favourites – a creepy, beautiful love song about building a city in my head and there being candles. Also a phoenix, subwords, one boy and one house.
Throughout my teenage years I always loved Throwing Muses’ more ‘sugary’ songs – Honeychain, Not Too Soon, Dragonhead – which consistently turned out to be those Tanya Donelly wrote. I guess that’s why I still adore the first release of the later band she formed - Belly’s 1993 album Star. Fans of Throwing Muses at their sweetest and creepiest should enjoy this debut which is about sisters and witches and low red moons. It hasn’t aged well but if you don’t mind, or perhaps revel, in that early-nineties alternative jangle then there are so many joys to be reaped from this strange little album. Think a big mixing in a cauldron of Cocteau Twins, Mazzy Star, Lush, The Smiths, Kate Bush, The Sundays and Cranes. Perhaps what makes it noteworthy is hearing Tanya executing her strange and wonderful take on the world by crafting sentences and images that no other could, creating what feels like an entrance to another planet you would otherwise not have been able to go to. Thank you!
Belly is the inevitable evolution of the tendencies Tanya displays in Muses – and really listening to Green feels like a blueprint for the whole thing.
Spooky pop songs for midnight – perfect as this January draws to a close.
I could have written all of this and meant every word.
Anna Prior from Metronomy would definitely be the drummer in my Fantasy Band - except I’d also want Florrie and @slowclubrebecca. Damn - three drummers. While we’re at it: Kim Deal on bass, Tanya Donelly and Laura Marling on guitar, Little Boots and Kate Nash on synth/keyboards, Natasha Khan on vocals. Produced by Bernard Butler or Steve Albini (where are all the female producers?).
I have no idea what kind of sound that would make.