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Wide Awake

Deep Sea Diver

19th February 2016 (LP)


There are relatively few music artists who, when they are interviewed, or they write an article, can be guaranteed to say something smart, interesting, and entertaining. I'm thinking, right now, of Michael Stipe and Kristin Hersh.

And also Jessica Dobson, the singer/songwriter fronting Deep Sea Diver.


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Tiny Feet

The Heart Throbs

23rd June 1992


This is my most-played tune since I moved all my music into iTunes (now Apple Music) about 15 years ago - yet the version I play was never released.


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Lost in the Plot

The Dears

15th April 2003


This is a song in three movements from the Canadian band’s second album. It doesn’t have a conventional verse-chorus structure - it’s more like a linear piece with three distinct sections.


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Song to the Siren

This Mortal Coil

September 1983 (EP) / October 1984 (LP)

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🇬🇧

This is the song that gave this blog its title, so it seems right to open with it. Although it’s a cover, this is the most famous version and, I’d claim, the definitive version.

Recorded by Liz Fraser and Robin Guthrie of 4AD act Cocteau Twins, this was released on the B-side of a 12” release, then the A-side of a 7”, before appearing on the first This Mortal Coil album It’ll End in Tears