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Super Fa Realities

A return to some SFA lyrics and riding an unicorn Its been easy over the years to return to the work of the Welsh music trailblazers Super Furry Animals and love it. Although for a while (as with many of the 90’s bands I was in love with) I felt they might have lost something […]

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Cross-hairs all over the borderline – Jose Gonzales, The Knife, Andreas Nilsson

I adored the song ‘Heartbeats’ when it first came through in the early 00’s.  Attached to a particularly artful ad for a television.  Jose Gonzalez wasn’t just breaking out with an artful acoustic song (a ‘sensitive’ song, Neil Young might call it), he was breaking through with a sound and a body of work (namely […]

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Getting free of snares and nets – Atoms for Peace

It felt like quite a singular gesture, coming from the art assemblage when i realised about the name of Thom Yorke’s alternate band ‘Atoms for peace’ as a kind of repositioning of the atom in state-power terms from its symbol and locus as science-militarism’s apogee of destructive scale.  To now be speaking (as it were) […]

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The deep-song looking glass of the world – Lee Mavers and The La’s

By the end of writing this piece, I had the feeling that my entire being was thrumming, vibrating with a kind of singular joy of being and feeling that really only the most special music creates.  It was also that the feeling included a sense of luck, that to live in the same world as […]