Music Box 27/11/2021

The Dogs hailed from Pennsylvania and only released one single Don't Try To Help Me (Treasure 7” 1967), and here it is. in the mid-1960s. 
Formed in 1968, Mauritania's National Orchestre was the official band of the post-colonial desert country. Led by the young Hadrami Ould Meidah and trained in Guineau Conakry under the guidance of the Bembeya Jazz, the Orchestre National was both musical group and ideological symbol - sharing many of the aspirations of the young country. To the Mauritanian classical music, with its rigid and complex modal system, the group unabashedly added electric guitars and brass sections. Traditional epics were adapted with contemporary sounds. Multi-lingual compositions honoured the diverse ethnic groups throughout the country. This is Kamlat, from the 2013 compilation sampler Orchestre National de Mauritanie (Sahel Sounds 2013). Buy here.
Next up, Nancy Sinatra and the theme tune to the James Bond film You Only Live Twice (Reprise 7” 1967). Fantastic.
Our 1969 U.K. pop-psyche underground song comes from Wild Silk. This is their fourth and last single, [Vision in A] Plaster Sky (Columbia 7” 1969).
We conclude with a brace from Baltimore Maryland’s second best band (after Wye Oak), Future Islands (website First, Like The Moon, then A Song For our Grandfathers, both from their fourth LP Singles (4AD 2014). Until next week …