@Trev sorry for the delay, and somehow I’ve managed to lose the track listing if there was one, but armed with Shazam where needed, here goes.
Really good mix. Not too many artists I’m not familiar with (and keen on) but a few songs I either haven’t heard or hadn’t listened to for a while. I think we have very similar tastes which can be a good and bad thing in these exchanges.
First thoughts, my god what an amazing song Bathysphere is. I went through a massive Smog phase a few years ago but haven’t listened to that song for a while. I’ve got too many records. I had River Guard on my mix, which might be the only even better Smog song.
The Julia Holter song is wonderful of course, it was on my long list but just missed the final cut, as was the Minor Victories song. Cat Power, Will Oldham, Jason Molina, Shearwater (especially Rooks) and Eno are all among my favourite artists so no complaints from me about any of that. Gulf Shores and The Ocean Nerves are particularly lovely, aren’t they?
War on Drugs are one of the few misses for me. I toyed with them for a while but since someone pointed out accurately that they sound exactly like Dire Straits I’ve not been able to listen to them anymore without cringing.
I’ve always thought of The Horrors as a bit phoney and posey, but I have to say I really liked that track, mostly because it was such an exact facsimile of lots of stuff I was listening to in about 1984. Still can’t see the point in such slavish imitation though, if I’m honest, but had heard this without hearing the stuff it copies I would have loved it.
Hadn’t heard the Hope Sandoval track although I know her from Mazzy Star of course - really beautiful stuff and I might investigate that album. Reminded me a bit of The Cowboy Junkies. Lisa Hannigan was one of the few artists you picked that I was pretty much unaware of (I think the only song I’ve heard was on a previous DIS mix). I really liked the one you chose.
You picked my favourite Mark Lanegan song - another that was on my long list. Liked The Dirty Three track but slightly missing the water connection (apart from the mermaid on the cover).
All in all a really enjoyable mix, if a little lacking in variety (as I think you acknowledged). Not too much stuff that was new to me, but hardly your fault that we share so many favourites.