Steve Jansen: Quiet Life Through Quiet Windows

When a band splits, it’s a little easier to see what one member brings to the table unless, that is, the band is JAPAN; a bunch of musicians as multi-faceted as their very existence. Drummer Steve Jansen’s history and output is no less complex. Indeed he is much much more than just a master of the kit […]

Tim Bowness: Catching Up with the Velvet Ghost

*It would be difficult to discuss Tim’s output without mentioning No-Man and some of his collaborative efforts. I mentioned being on the road since 1999 and it’s that year I met Tim at the now defunct 12 Bar Club in London’s Denmark Street where I also briefly chat to Steve Jansen and Peter Chilvers. I’ve not […]

Even in the Quietest Moments: Songs for a Rainy Day

You might think this a strange topic for summer, but here in Asia the monsoon rains have already begun. If you find yourself stuck indoors, here are some tunes that will imbue the vista before you. And yes, you’ll be able to tell I’m of a certain ilk and age from this list. ALVA NOTO/RYUICHI […]

Populating Polytown; Mapping the Spiritual Nineties and the Geography of Sound

Not all nineties music was Brit-pop and grunge. The early to middle years saw many artists renew what their forefathers in the late sixties had tried to do; alert the masses to an age of hope and optimism, thus spawning a common new age spiritualist thread on recordings from Seal’s début to Wendy and Lisa’s […]

Approaching Polytown

Dusk and sand in my eyes. Intermittent views of distant twinkling lights. Polytown?

Which way to Polytown?

Distance to Polytown.. several days, maybe weeks. Compass glass broken, encrusted.. burnished by dust and sand.

They Should Have Been Singles!

The title is self-explanatory really, but the music world or more importantly artist albums are littered with the songs that really should have been singles, let’s begin.. ROBBIE NEVIL – LOOK WHO’S ALONE TONIGHT Who knows what record company politics dictate the line of single releases that will define an artist’s career but had this […]