Well, it’s been a while! Over fifteen months in fact since I last posted an article here, and for that I apologise.
Those who know me well will be aware that I’ve been otherwise occupied creatively during that time, and for those who don’t, I’ve been busy writing my first novel, which I started just over a year ago.
As I have discovered only too well during that time, writing a novel is a time-consuming enterprise that doesn’t allow much time for other creative projects, particularly when you’re trying to squeeze it into the few spare moments not occupied by the day job, or life in general.
So blogging about music has had to reluctantly take a back seat, and will have to remain seated in the shadows for the foreseeable future, while I get to grips with finishing the novel in earnest in my spare time.
That doesn’t mean to say that I’ve lost my interest or passion for the subject, or the artists and bands I love to listen to. Quite the opposite in fact, and the 3-month sabbatical I took last Summer to start the novel featured a backing track provided by The National, Laura Marling, Joanna Newsom, Phosphorescent and John Grant, to name a few.
If you imagine this article as my blog’s virtual ‘Hold Music’ while you wait for further musings to appear in due course, it would have to feature the following great albums and live performances I have enjoyed during the break in transmission:
Great albums I loved listening to in 2010
- High Violet – The National
- Boxer – The National
- Alligator – The National
- I Speak Because I Can – Laura Marling
- Queen of Denmark – John Grant
- The Courage of Others – Midlake
- Teen Dream – Beach House
- And Then We Saw Land – Tunng
- Becoming A Jackal – Villagers
- The ArchAndroid (Suites I and II) – Janelle Monae
- Here’s To Taking It Easy – Phosphorescent
Best gig attended in 2010
Midlake (supported by Jason Lytle and John Grant) Oxford O2 Academy
Favourite albums I’ve listened to in 2011 so far
- No Witch – The Cave Singers
- Fra Le Nuvole – Woodpigeon
- Kiss Each Other Clean – Iron & Wine
- The King Is Dead – The Decemberists
- July Flame – Laura Veirs
Check them out, and enjoy.
Normal service will be resumed in due course. Thanks for your patience!