Virtual Inanity

The five acts pushing their product on this week’s episode of Later with Jools Holland aren’t exactly household names but it could make for an interesting show nonetheless. I remember being completely blown away by KT Tunstall‘s remarkable debut solo performance on the show back in 2005. The Scottish singer (pictured above, bottom right) looped recorded snatches of her voice and guitar riffs and controlled these with pedal effects to create an amazing sound. I haven’t been quite as taken by her subsequent career, however, even though she continues to be quite successful. Tiger Suit is the title of her third album and her version of Let’s Stick Together is taken from a BBC compilation called Radio One Established 1967. Two more acts are making their Later debuts this week. Delta Spirit (top right) hail from San Diego and History From Below is their most recent album. The band has no fewer than three sessions over at Daytrotter and Lover’s Waltz is taken from their most recent one. Everything Everything (top left) are from Manchester and they’re promoting their Man Alive debut album. They seem to be the kind of band that my boss will be into in a few months. The American singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne (bottom left) released his fourth studio album last month. He was backed by The Prairie Dogs on it and they’ll be playing songs from their collaboration which is entitled God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise. I quite like his version of Crazy by Gnarls Barkley (below). Rock Dust Light Star is the title of the sixth and current album from Jamiroquai (bottom middle) and is the band’s first release since 2005. Cosmic Girl is taken from his Travelling Without Moving album from 1996

Let’s Stick Together (Wilbert Harrison cover) – KT Tunstall

Lover’s Waltz (AA Bondy cover) – Delta Spirit

Qwerty Finger – Everything Everything

Crazy (Gnarls Barkley cover) – Ray LaMontagne

Cosmic Girl – Jamiroquai