New favourite : https://youtu.be/y_83Dhiw9UE What do you think?
Previously released in 2009 as a limited edition cassette on the Italian micro-label, Secret Furry Hole, Glen Johnson’s ‘Institutionalized EP’ is now available digitally. The 5 tracks come from the same recording sessions as Johnson’s debut solo album, ‘Details Not Recorded,’ also released that year. Glen : “Around the time of recording, I spent a while loitering around Whitechapel Hospital here in London, where Joseph Carey Merrick ('The Elephant Man') had been institutionalized in the 1890's. At that time, you could just about make out where David Lynch had filmed some of his movie about Merrick – the old boiler room and chimneys. And around the back, in a church crypt, there’s a small museum partially dedicated to Merrick which includes some of his belongings. Merrick’s story is one of human wretchedness and human compassion and in some ways, both are trapped in this EP. I've thrown in a cover of Sonic Youth's 'Secret Girl', not only because I've always loved the 'EVOL' album but because the words remind me of Merrick and anyone else who ever looked (or felt) different. Elsewhere, revenge, anger, loss, loneliness, violence, death, woe. Business as usual.” Features a cover of Sonic Youth's 'Secret Girl.' 1. Kill You 2. Ageing 3. Come Back 4. Secret Girl 5. I Can’t Help It All tracks written by Glen Johnson except 'Secret Girl' by Sonic Youth. All tracks recorded at home, early 2009. Piano on 'Secret Girl' by Angèle David-Guillou. Listen on Spotify : https://open.spotify.com/artist/5I9inzGpyb6yJudkcXUhuk?si=qdOGRYieSGKB7IP0RxxL-g
Listen to all the songs that failed to chart by Piano Magic frontman, Glen Johnson : https://open.spotify.com/artist/5I9inzGpyb6yJudkcXUhuk?si=Dxem9ksgReyXUGu3G1PQMA
Got Piano Magic's 'Son De Mar' soundtrack on vinyl? "First time on vinyl for Piano Magic's wonderful, evocative soundtrack for the Bigas Luna film 'Son de Mar' (which translates as 'Sound of the Sea'). Mixing Godspeed like string arrangements with beautiful Max Richter like neo-classical compositions and rustic field recordings, Piano Magic made a soundtrack that stands completely alone as an inspiring piece of work and one of the high water marks of their varied career. This re-issue is officially licensed from 4AD and is exclusive to us!" https://www.normanrecords.com/records/33455-piano-magic-son-de-mar
1000 songs and counting. Should you have a little time to spare, hit follow and shuffle over here : https://open.spotify.com/user/noiseannoyz/playlist/1v90TS9mqF8fK5nsUfwngs?si=30VLQZ2cT0uVikJ8t6RvgA
Thoroughly recommend Rob Young's 'Electric Eden' book if you're interested in the influence of pastoral English folk music on the likes of Talk Talk, Kate Bush, Julian Cope etc. Even so, we feel it's important to correct the inference that Vashti Bunyan's first vocal recording since the 70's was on Devendra Banhart's 2004 album, 'Rejoicing in the Hands' album. It was, in fact, on Piano Magic's 2002 album, 'Writers Without Homes.' That recording, of course, was 'Crown Of The Lost' : https://youtu.be/9btoNIr_rW4
Glen Johnson - 'Details Not Recorded' (2009) solo album; order here : https://pianomagic.bandcamp.com/album/details-not-recorded https://youtu.be/N_UReqO-VmQ
In case you're unaware of it, Glen Johnson of Piano Magic's debut solo album, 'Details Not Recorded,' is 10 years old this year. The last few copies are available at an economical purchase price over here : https://pianomagic.bandcamp.com/album/details-not-recorded
It's not every day that one of your songs inspires a perfume. But here you have it : https://www.filigreeandshadow.co/collections/filigree/products/incurable Filigree Parfums
T-shirt weather. http://www.piano-magic.co.uk/category/shop/
The vinyl version of Piano Magic's 'Closure' is now completely sold out at source. Thanks to everyone who bought it. CD still available (with fanzine) from : https://pianomagic.bandcamp.com/album/closure
New release ahoy on Glen Johnson of Piano Magic's Second Language Music label. Oliver Cherer's sublime 'I Feel Nothing Most Days' out on 26th April 2019 is available to pre-order from Bandcamp : https://olivercherer.bandcamp.com/ Piano Magic fans will undoubtedly find some common ground here. From the official press release : "‘I Feel Nothing Most Days’ perhaps evokes the spirit of early 80's independent labels like Cherry Red or Les Disques Du Crespuscle, who specialised in a very European melancholic romanticism. There are echoes of Ben Watt’s debut solo album, ‘North Marine Drive’ and his EP collaboration with Robert Wyatt, ‘Summer Into Winter.’ There’s also an undeniable nod to early Durutti Column – accentuated by Ollie’s use of a Fender guitar on the album previously owned by Vini Reilly himself (used most notably on Morrissey’s debut solo album, ‘Viva Hate’). There’s a faded seaside town introspection to many of the songs here; of the shadowy halls of Victorian guest houses that’ve seen much better days; of lone figures on windswept sea fronts staring out to passing ships on the horizon."
And as London braces itself, snow songs : https://open.spotify.com/user/noiseannoyz/playlist/536falZ8WUxf9uIyPky2V5?si=Z_WncjTNQX-Zsm4PhHeYYw
What was your favourite album of 2018? Piano Magic's Glen Johnson offers (one of) his here : http://www.adequacy.net/2018/12/doa-aoty-2018/
Hope you all enjoy this festive playlist. https://open.spotify.com/user/noiseannoyz/playlist/0JR84mEclL2Z5F7C72dOL9?si=_OUAFgZUTU6WYenOULZVYA
Blasting out the Speak 'n' Spell madness that is 'Typos' tonight : https://open.spotify.com/track/7mlGWCQatJkr7OPY6GOrpl?si=ljgoUY8xTlentfbZH-TssA from Piano Magic side-project, Future Conditional, back in 2007.