Short essays, miscellaneous musings, and other madcap experiments in writing about (mostly) music.
On surprise, newness, Arthur Russell and Richard Dawson.
On pop music, fishing, sex, and the ambient pedal steel of Chuck Johnson and Daniel Lanois.
On the meaning of the word ‘instrumental’, and music by Jasper Lee, Arca and Forest Swords.
On the new name of the blog, and the idea of music’s ‘quiet return’.
On ice and masks and whales, in memory of the blog’s former identity.
On the colour blue.
On the idea of the secret track, and the possibilities of the CD format.
On the ways we choose what to listen to, faced with the almost unlimited choice of streaming.
On the implications of streaming music, and how it changes how we listen.
On the wonder of hot air balloons, and the early music of Midlake.
On skeletons, the internet, chance, and the music of Laurel Halo and Oneohtrix Point Never.
On ‘jams’, ‘jamming’, and the music of Animal Collective.
On misheard lyrics, and finding the balance between meaning and sound.
On the idea of music as a place to withdraw into, and the music of Mary Lattimore.
On ‘twin albums’, the double albums which aren’t quite double albums.
On the difficulty of writing about music.