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Playlist: Pete Astor 

This week's playlist is curated by cult songwriter Pete Astor, who has been serenading Britain with his whimsical wordplay since the early eighties.

Peter Aster

From his first Creation-signed band The Loft through to the major label jingle jangle of The Weather Prophets and beyond into the electronic forays of Ellis Island Sound, Pete has been a consistent source of kitchen-sink melodrama and quirky pop.

Now a music lecturer at the University of Westminster, London – and still a guitar-wielding soloist to be reckoned with – he’s gently graduated from plucky indie upstart to respected songwriting master.

With a bunch of new songs on the way – including Mr Music with James Hoare (Veronica Falls, The Proper Ornaments, Ultimate Painting) – and a new live band boasting members of Feathers, Hefner, Withered Hand, The Left Outsides and Owl and Mouse, Pete seems to be plotting a full scale indie assault in the very near future.

Here, he reveals what’s currently spinning on the Astor home stereo…

  1. Your Fine Petting Duck – Devendra Banhart
  2. Song For Zula – Phosphorescent
  3. Shepherd – Woods
  4. The Lady With The Braid – Dory Previn
  5. Hi-Five – Angel Olsen
  6. Funtimes In Babylon – Father John Misty
  7. Flirted With You All My Life – Vic Chesnutt
  8. Every Time The Sun Comes Up – Sharon Van Etten
  9. Courage – Villagers
  10. Common Knowledge – Conor Oberst

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