#musicmonday : Bettina Köster – Ocean Drive

This is something Last.fm just randomly played me, and Last.fm tells me that Julz at Popshifter likes it so it’s on “good authority”. There’s something very Bowie-ish about it, and as regular readers will know here, that can only be a good thing.

It’s a sort of jazzy noise-rock groove thing. I don’t know anything about Bettina Köster so I’m just reading the Popshifter review here and apparently she was in some band in the 80s called Malaria! (not that that rings any bells with me).

Bettina has a deep, androgynous cigarettes-and-whiskey Teutonic growl that adds texture to the pared down music – mostly just bass and freeform sax.

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If you find live tracks a bit hard to listen to, here’s her cover of The Beatles’ Helter Skelter, which sounds oddly robotic but nonetheless effective.

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