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Elvis Costello once said that writing about music is like dancing about architecture. Well for the record, our aim as a website isn't to be artistic ourselves, it's to promote the art (music) that we like, music which is often ignored by the mainstream. This can lead to a couple of problems. If you try to pigeonhole bands, fit them into genres or use cliches, it gets called lazy, but if you try to describe the music in other ways you risk sounding as though you're talking arty-farty bollocks that will mean nothing to anyone. This problem crops up when talking about musicians such as Jack Cheshire, a man about to release his third album, 'Long Mind Hotel', in September, but who is new to our ears.
The first single from the album is 'Gyroscope', and it's not easily put into words or pigeonholed. The roots of the song spread far and wide; you can hear echoes of Nick Drake about Cheshire's voice and the song has a folky element, but it's also electric. A stop/start beat allows the song to bob along on top of it while occasional layers of vocals give a strange, dreamy quality. Is it psychedelic? Maybe parts of it are in some people's eyes. It's not rock, it's not indie, it's not pop, it's not your regular singer-songwriter fare. Stuff that it is? It's experimental yet also traditional, it sounds a bit like Barrett-era Pink Floyd towards the end and it is very good. Really the best thing to do is just listen to it and put me out of my misery.
Jack Cheshire - Gyroscope from Black Revolver Films on Vimeo.
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