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Existential wanderings – Ane Brun talks to TMO

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

‘I think I’m mostly inspired by emotional and existential topics, either my own or people around me’, muses Ane Brun, the Norwegian songstress as she reflects on everything from poetry in politics to racism and fantasy collaborations. Having recorded nine albums since her debut album Spending Time with Morgan in 2002, it’s fair to say that […]

Beautiful World – Colin Hay

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

April is the cruellest month – always has been, and always will be, just like tuesdays never come out right; but there is hope at the end of the tunnel, glimpsed briefly through the showers. In those long northern winters, when you’re cooped up, it seems natural to think ahead, to dream – more often […]

Oliver James – The Fleet Foxes

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Why do we sing? Why do we force air out of our lungs, crafted by muscles along the way in to song? The prime evolutionary argument tells us that it’s something to do with getting it on –  most people’s vocal range diminishes with age, as they pass their sexual peak. But equally important is […]

John the Revelator – From Blind Willie Johnson to Depeche Mode

Monday, December 15th, 2008

It could hardly be more rock n’roll – the frontman dies, and the group disbands with one member going off on a crazed visionary tangent. St. John, beloved disciple  – the only one, according to the gospel, to stay awake in Gethsemane while Jesus swept blood – according to tradition ended his days on the […]

No Names – Kate Rusby & Roddy Woomble

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

There’s an embarassing moment that happens to nearly all students of a foreign language, when they over-eagerly grasp to a similar sounding word to that of their own native tongue, only to find out that it’s a ‘false friend’ with a completely different meaning. Approaching Kate Rusby’s fragile and beautiful No Names, from the album […]


Songs for the Credit Crunch

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

A couple of years ago I heard novelist Ian McEwan talking about his novel Saturday, lamenting the fact that work doesn’t crop up in novels these days. Characters do everything in the modern novel, other than work – or if they do, there’s no particular detail paid to the minutiae of their trade, unless, of […]

Who’ll pay reparations on my soul

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

In the same year that Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel topped the album charts with Bridge over troubled waters, Gil Scott Heron recorded his debut album A New Black Poet – Small Talk at 125th and Lenox.  The difference couldn’t be more stark, both in terms of outlook and reception. Simon and Garfunkel were at the […]