Icehouse: Big Wheel Still Spinning (Re-evaluating Sgt. Iva’s Magical Mystery Tour)

In the early nineties many bands born of the post-punk generation hit a creative brick wall (Duran Duran’s Liberty, INXS’s X and Icehouse Code Blue come to mind). Only U2 and Depeche Mode played their cards correctly. The slate was effectively wiped clean for the aforementioned trio of acts. All did better on their second […]

Barcelona: Music for Libraries

*above photos from Nou Barris library Barcelona possesses some pretty swanky libraries and some great pieces which given time I’ll get round to listening to (obviously I know the debut Duran album above) but there’s much to bathe my ears in – time and decent headphones permitting. Here’s a quick rundown of the libraries I’ve […]

Cardiff: Soundtrack to Rhiwbina Skies

For the past few months’ I’ve been resident at a friend’s in the rather salubrious confines of northern Cardiff (Rhiwbina pronounced something like Ree-biin-ah). Nothing too grand about said co-hab though (name omitted to protect the innocent or is it guilty?) In any case it’s safe to say my mate’s musical tastes are not exactly […]

Eno: Some Suggestions (in Plain English)

2018 marks the 70th birthday of Brian Eno. It occurred to me that while he is often spoken about, written about and admired, there wasn’t really a generic overview of best bits; solo and collaborative, which as you may imagine is a formidable body of work, so here’s my take on things both sonic and visual. *disclaimer […]

Education: Will Careers Like Eno’s Ever Become the Norm?

In the sixties there was a band who made pleasant jingle-jangle guitar pop. Toward the end of the decade they decided to experiment and came up with The White Album and thus the rule book of popular music was re-written. The myth that has grown up around The Beatles since is as staggering as it […]

Post World Bowie

Well it was a shock to the system wasn’t it, the wind has blown, the fallout may take years to settle. Where are we now? That of a world post David Bowie. Strangely I am more a fan of artists’ inspired by him, nonetheless his presence loomed indirectly during my upbringing. For me his star […]

Night Music: Press

Night Music collects for the first time all the Kelvin Hayes poems inspired by song such as Quiet Night of Quiet Stars (Getz/Gilberto), Foreshadowed (Budd/Eno) and Dark Water, one of several taking its cue from guitar legend Robert Fripp. Included for the first time is Through Glass, his collaboration with Cock Robin singer Peter Kingsbery […]