Mark E Smith of The Fall by Montecruz Foto

WHERE TO BEGIN WITH… The Fall (music band)

A guide to the music of The Fall is much needed once the novice is confronted to the dizzying immensity of Mark E. Smith’s prolificacy.

Smith’s quote “If it’s me and yer granny on bongos, it’s the Fall” is quite close to reality, and if the result can be sometimes confusing, Mark’s art is never deprived of interest. That’s why we asked the members of the Facebook group Mark E Smith & The Fall: It’s not Repetition, it’s Discipline to write a few lines about their favorite songs, in their own words.

Alexander, Erik, Steve, Andy, thank you very much for your time and generosity of soul. Main picture courtesy of Montecruz Foto.

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Portrait of Natalie Chami aka TALsounds by Maria Tzeka

TALsounds (for Acquiesce, out May 22nd) – ITW #21

Natalie Chami aka TALsounds releases Acquiesce on May 22nd with NNA Tapes. Intuitive by passion and organized by choice, her improvisatorial talents must be one of the best in the musical landscape today, jazz included.

This interview was given before the globalized crisis we’re in happened, and Natalie’s happy-go-lucky spirit, paired with her effervescent creativity, should be an inspiration for most.

To celebrate the release of Acquiesce, TALsounds will have a live-streamed record release show on May 22nd broadcasted on Twitch via Lumpen Radio.

Here’s our interview. An interview beyond the knobs, but hopefully never too far from them.

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Shadow Talk LP by Cafe Racer, album review by Marc Louis-Boyard for Slow Culture

Cafe Racer, Shadow Talk LP – ALBUM REVIEW #23

Shadow Talk LP is Cafe Racer’s second album, succeeding to the contemplative Famous Dust. These two albums are worlds apart, but not in a trial and error fashion.

Avid readers and followers of this blog already enjoyed a past Friday Feature introducing ‘Faces’, the second single out of Shadow Talk LP. This track was, after all, nothing but a majestuous tree concealing a dense, immense forest of sounds.

Born Yesterday Records’ name is now to us what the “seen on TV’ sticker was to older generations. A label of trust, a promise of full satisfaction. Challenge completed.

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Interview of Dan Knishkowy by Marc Louis-Boyard - Picture by Chris Bernabeo

Adeline Hotel (for Solid Love LP) – ITW #20

Adeline Hotel is a project led by Dan Knishkowy, with five musicians at its core. On Solid Love (out May 8 2020), four additional musicians enrich the experience.

Consider Solid Love like you’d consider a great companion. A solid presence, not craving for attention, not causing embarrassing drama.

Dan Knishkowy accepted to answer our questions about the intimate, warm jewel that is this new album.

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Main cover - Interview of Prima by Marc Louis-Boyard for Slow Culture

Prima (for Unplugged, Vol. 1) – ITW #19

Manchester-based musician Prima reinforces the city’s reputation in the field of creativity with talent and spontaneity. Her Unplugged, Vol. 1 (Live) was released at the end of 2019, but the need for such brilliant art never dies.

Skillfully oscillating between vibrating solo releases and notorious collaborations, we had many questions for Prima. She answered our interrogations with her sparkling spirit, always directed towards the future with a benevolent wink to the past.

Welcome to Prima’s colorful world, one note at a time.

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Paper Sparrows by Nathalie Abi-Ezzi, book review by Marc Louis-Boyard for Slow Culture

Nathalie Abi-Ezzi, Paper Sparrows – BOOK REVIEW #10

Paper Sparrows, written by Nathalie Abi-Ezzi (find her Why I Write here) could be your moving cure in these time of stillness and uncertainty.

In a few words: Layla, a 19 year old music undergraduate, travels from London back to Lebanon for the summer holidays, only to find that her brother has gone missing. Without a second thought, she sets off to find him in Beirut.

This book is a tale of youth, a tale of war, a tale of links, a tale of truth. A noble cocktail of feelings, rebounds and profound reality set in the summer of 2006. 

– On another note, our friend Gabriel Birnbaum just released the excellent Ambien Jukebox album. If you like to improve your reading experience with solid soundtracks, this suggestion could be perfect for you.

But for now… back to Paper Sparrows!

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