Mark Hollis

Mark Hollis, soul man I was quite saddened to hear of Mark Hollis' passing. As the frontman of Talk Talk, his voice was the extraordinary foundation upon which his group's sound was built, a boundlessly expressive well of understated emotion, passion and burning blue soul. It was a sound that got me through some rough … Continue reading Mark Hollis

The Canyon 25

A selection of records from the Canyonand some that sound like they could have been! Music from the canyon played a large part in my musical youth by virtue of my Dad's formidable record collection. I remember hearing things like the Eagles, James Taylor, Dan Fogelberg and Loggins & Messina — alongside canyon-adjacent figures like Jim Croce, … Continue reading The Canyon 25

Album Cuts

Earlier this year, my sister-in-law posed the question as to whether the album was still relevant. A timely question, to be sure. Folk have been declaring the death of the album for years now, but in truth it has always supported less volume than the 7" single (for instance), which flooded the racks and stocked … Continue reading Album Cuts

We Shall Overcome

Brothers and sisters, I wanna see a sea of hands out there. This is part one (of two) in a series of loosely interconnected glimpses of the sonic revolution, where righteous protest and sonic exploration meet in time and space... The resistance started in folk and the blues, stretching from songs like the 17th century … Continue reading We Shall Overcome

Two Steps From The Blues

A selection of murky blues and dirty beats mixed by DJ Slye I recently came across this riotous, blazing mix1 by Woebot that he terms this grungey, mutated R'n'B-derived sound. In a weird bit of synchronicity I've been crossing a similar terrain lately. In truth, it's a place where I dwell much of the time. … Continue reading Two Steps From The Blues

The Parallax 100

This all germinated from an exchange between Sari (my wife), Andrew (my brother) and myself in which we each compiled our top 100 records of all time and then had a little party to review the lists while listening to bits of the records in them. It was a great excuse to talk music and … Continue reading The Parallax 100