Fever Ray - If I Had a Heart

Directed by Andreas Nilsson, who's up there in the modern music video pantheon with Chris Cunningham and Michel Gondry, this is everything music videos should be, and too often aren't: instead of a stale promotional vehicle, it is a chilling and beautiful short film which beautifully complements Karin Dreijer Andersson's music.

Popol Vuh - Improvisation (1971)

This ranks as one of my favourite music videos of all time - a clever, yet simple concept, brilliantly executed.

If you don't know Popol, they were among the vanguard of German ambient music, and contributed scores to many of Werner Herzog's films in the 70's and 80's.

Cocktails Vol.1: Caipirinha

I thought I'd start off this regular column with my personal favourite, the Caipirinha. Refreshing, delicious and dangerous, this is one cocktail you have to try if you haven't already. Technically, this should be made from Cachaca, a sweet Brazilian rum, but I personally also like to use the mighty Havana Club.

-1 fresh lime
-70ml good quality white rum/Cachaca
-35ml sugar syrup (water and cane sugar in equal quantities, boiled for a couple of minutes and then left to cool)
-lots of crushed ice

Take the lime, half it, and slice one of the halves into wedges. Place these wedges in your tumbler and muddle (crush) throroughly to release the oils and juices (don't forget to wash the lime first!). Juice the other lime half and add this to the tumbler. Measure in the rum and sugar syrup, add the crushed ice, and stir thoroughly (or shake in a silver cocktail shaker if you want to be REALLY classy). Adjust the sweetness to taste: I don't like it too sweet myself, but it shouldn't make your mouth curl up at the corners! Don't skimp on quality and use granulated sugar instead of the syrup, it just hugs the bottom of the glass.

Sit back, adjust the lighting, stick on some tunes (The 'Shroud is recommended, but not essential), relax, and enjoy.  If you dig this cocktail, variations can also be made with other citrus fruits, like lemon or orange.

Until next time.

Energy Wasting Day 2009

The ever-industrious Charlie Shroud provided the awesome electro-hip hop score for this video.

Nice one, Charles. Now everyone do their bit and buy the single!

Roma a Mano Armata

This is what poliziotteschi is all about: rhythmic synths, bombastic horns, and riding about in cars.

True Crime Mixtape

The Green Shroud is proud to present our very first mixtape, 'True Crime', which is culled from various crime movies of the 60's & 70's, and features luminaries like Roy Budd; Guido & Maurizio De Angelis; Bruno Nicolai; and David Shire. Blaring horns, funky guitars, sharply picked basslines, driving beats, classic organs and monosynths coalesce to great effect. This genre has been a profound influence on some of The Shroud's arrangements, and we hope that you enjoy it.


1. Upper Seven #1 - Bruno Nicolai
2. The Taking of Pelham 123 - David Shire
3. Gangster Story - La Legge Assolve; La Polizia Incrimina
4. Hong Kong Promendade - Big Game
5. New Special Squad - Roma Violenta
6. Il Libanese - La Legge Assolve; La Polizia Incrimina
7. Nucelo Antirapina [Operazionne K-Sparate A Vista] - Bixio-Frizzi-Tempera
8. Incessante - La Poliziotta Fa Carriera
9. Goodbye My Friend [Il Cittadino Si Ribella] - Guido & Maurizio/Guy/Maruizio De Angelis/Susi
10. Twelve by Two - Ken Woodman and His Picadilly Brass
11. Escape [Il Giorno del Cobra] - Paolo Vasile
12. Delitto Sull'autostrada - F.Micalizza
13. La Polizia Sta A Guardare - Stelvio Cipriani
14. Driving All Around [Il Cittadino Si Ribella] - Guido/Guy/Maruizio De Angeleis/Susi
15. The Party - Nicos Mamanqakis
16. Hallucinations [Instrumental] - Roy Budd

If you like this, beg borrow or steal (buy) the following compilations, although they seem to be pretty hard to get a hold of:

Beretta 70: Themes From Italian Police Films

Piombo Rovente

Poliziotteschi Graffiti

The Thriller Memorandum

Until next time...