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I have been floored by the amazingness of his "The Complete Guide to Insufficiency" EP for a few days now. It's haunting me day and night.
Seriously, just the atmosphere, and everything, there's something I can't articulate about its effect on me. I love the story behind its recording too, one take in a church, I think his new material almost suffers because he's not taking the same approach, it's more disjointed.
And live: he's something else. The first time I saw him he blew me away, and everyone performance since has done the same. So intense. So brilliant.
but in truth i prefer him on record. his music is particularly, deliciously lonely and sorrowful and desolate, and hearing it surrounded by... well, people.. doesn't work so well for me.
and he's amamamamamamamamamamamamamamammamaamamamazing.
I think his new one's awesome, but I much prefer his debut.
It's one of the most beautiful/atmospheric/dark/heartbreaking records I've ever heard. It's spent long periods as my favourite ever.
I'll upload them for all you lovely people tomorrow. Hopefully.
i don't like his voice
his new album is even more interesting and more typically "your thing" in a way john. and you NEED to see him live. NEED.
and i disagree with gen, i think the loneliness is heightened live when you can see him getting uncomfortably nervous and the whole thing seems to teeter on collapse as everything that's minutely wrong affects him and stuff. It's electrifyingly powerful.
His voice is lovely! Soulful and sorrowful and gorgeous.
the best voice ever.
AND HE'S ACTUALLY A LOVELY LOVELY MAN TOO!!
to seeing him play.
Give it a while.
by the end i'd kind of got used to it. It kind of reminds me of Antony And The Johnsons voice though :|
and i loathe antony & the johnsons. but listen to the songs a little more.... they're far more beautiful, and i think his voice is more organic and haunting.
I'll upload more stuff later - rarities etc.
The aforementioned rarities to come tomorrow when I sort out my external harddrive and all the files.
you have the internet at your fingertips, use it.
Beautiful, very distinctive voice, not disimilar to Anthony from Anthony and the Johnsons, but with a northern accent. plays beautiful, soulful acoustic music constructed from loops of acoustic guitar, beat boxing, live drums, voice, found percussion and interesting noise and sings haunting, literate, dark lyrics over the top.
One of my favourite artists. Ever.
after the other 156 998 artists I have to listen first...