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Notes from the French Underground

Nick Luscombe plays a modern take on Afghan folk music and a cross-section of the French underground experimental music scene over the last ten years.

Nick Luscombe dissects the Francophone underground scene of the last ten years with melancholic cold wave and electro-acoustic noise art. We hear a new take on Afghan folk music filtered through spiritual jazz courtesy of Kefaya and Elaha Soroor, and Portugese fado from the early 20th century from a new release on Canary Records.

Elsewhere we languish in the space between the notes with a piece of percussive minimalism by the Danish artist Niklas Adam, and an extended piece for guitar by English composer Sam Cave.

Produced by Alannah Chance.
A Reduced Listening Production for BBC Radio 3.

1 hour

Music Played

  • In Aeternam Vale

    Dans Ma Maison

    • Rien Ni Personne ~A French Compilation.
    • Nostalgie De La Boue.
  • Jesca Hoop

    All Time Low

    • STONECHILD.
    • Memphis Industries.
  • Duncan Chapman

    Possilpark to Cove Park

  • Ercília Costa

    Divina Graca

    • Neither Vanquished Nor Disgraced: Three Fadista Women in Lisbon, 1929​-​30.
    • Canary Records.
  • Maxime Barthélemy

    Bleu, Blanche, Rouges

    • Rien Ni Personne ~A French Compilation.
    • Nostalgie De La Boue.
  • Horațiu Rădulescu

    Subconscious Wave, Op. 58

    Performer: Sam Cave.
    • Refracted Resonance: Contemporary music for Guitar.
    • Metier.
  • Kefaya & Elaha Soroor

    Jama Narenji

    • Songs Of Our Mothers.
    • Bella Union.
  • Niklas Adam

    Gestures, Percussion Solo, Jungle

    • Undulate.
    • Sofa.
  • Haiku Salut

    Cannon

    • The General.
    • How Does It Feel To Be Loved?.

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