Unsung is a Glasgow based music podcast where every Friday we talk about a different record and decide if it should be added to a discography of all time great albums. Then you vote and tell us if we're right or wrong. Stream and download the latest episode below, or subscribe using your favourite podcatcher.
This week we’re taking a different approach as we discuss Spotify, big data, AI and algorithms and we ponder over what the future of music looks like when computers start composing the tunes for us. Joined by friend of the pod Dr. Jason Costello.
Another trip to Scandinavia this week, but what shakes out is a much more effervescent affair than last time as we take on Goat’s debut album ‘World Music’. It’s a psychedelic explosion of a record, one that melds Afrobeat and psyche rock in a wonderful way.
After bathing in the murky waters of black metal, we felt it was apt to change direction entirely and focus on a hip hop album this week. Along the way we discuss some of the language used by hip hop artists, how this album stands apart from a lot of other hip hop, and much more.
We’ve given you the history, now we’re giving you our pick of the music. We swing from OG trve kvlt Norwegian Black Metal to third wave hipster fare here, and we touch in a few other artists along the way. Which of our picks is the best? Only you can decide.
Some of you have been asking for this for a while, and poor David has been chomping at the bit to do it since day one, so here it is: part one of our black metal mixtape. We talk about the history, the ideology, the murder, the politics and the music. Strap in - this is a biggie.
It’s episode 60, so it’s time for an entirely new feature: a head to head! Chris and Weaver couldn’t decide which …And They Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead is better: 'Madonna’ or ‘Source Tags & Codes’. Which is best? You decide, obviously!
Last week we discussed Tori Amos’ career. This week Chris makes as to why her fourth album, ‘From the Choirgirl Hotel’ is her Unsung classic. We mostly agree on that, but there’s a lot of debate either way. Do you agree? Let us know!
We always knew trying to cover Tori Amos’ extensive, and extensively interesting, back catalogue was going to be tough, but we didn’t expect things to escalate to the point where we needed to split an episode in half. Yet here we are. We hope you enjoy this career retrospective.
It turns out that *shels are not only one of the most obscure bands we’ve covered, but also the first post-metal band we’ve reviewed on this here podcast. Weaver brings their debut in for consideration and we go on a whirlwind tour of the early 00s British post-hardcore scene that spawned them, and do a brief history of the genre.
We’re back to full power this week and we break a promise in the process by letting Mark pick the album instead of Weaver. However one of the most miraculous things happens: the bois agree on a punk album. It’s unheard of, frankly.
You know the feeling. You’re listening to an album and simply cannot work out why the rest of the planet doesn’t realise that it is a total masterpiece. What the hell is wrong with everyone?
Each week hosts Mark Fraser (The Curator Podcast), David Weaver (Detour) and Chris Cusack (Bloc/Restless Natives), discuss and dissect exactly those kind of albums. Is something an under-rated classic? Did it have a huge and unrecognised impact on the music that followed it? Sure they might be a great band but what is their definitive release?
We’ll put our cases forward to you, the public, then you can vote via our site to decide if our choice really deserves “UNSUNG CLASSIC” status. Hopefully as we progress, we gradually build up a truly democratic picture of the classics that perhaps didn’t make the covers of Mojo or NME but left an indelible mark on our own lives.
We’ll also pepper this discography with interviews where we invite notable musicians to nominate their own unsung classics and speak frankly about their own back catalogues. Plus a few special “mix-tape” episodes where we pick a mix-tape title and each throw a name into the fray.
Interaction is the aim and hopefully, between our oddball patter and your comments, suggestions and feedback we can document some of the truly amazing musical work out there that continues to be criminally UNSUNG.