The New Cue #287 May 26: Miss Tiny, Teenage Fanclub, The Coral, Ultramarine, Runnner, Roleplay, Dot Allison
"To be able to hand over a song to Scott Weiland was quite a treat..."
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An Album To Blow Your Mind
Singer-songwriter Lucy Rose picks the Blue Nile founder’s 2012 solo record.
Lucy Rose is a British singer-songwriter who has released four albums of beguiling, intricate folk, the last coming in 2019. In 2020, she launched her own label Real Kind Records. Here, she tells us why The Blue Nile singer Paul Buchanan’s low-key solo effort made her want to write a piano album:
Mid Air (2012)
“This is so good. It’s so devastatingly beautiful. It’s all piano-based and so minimal,
him singing these heart-breaking songs. I wanted to sob the first time I heard it. It’s a real gift he’s giving to us is the best way I can describe it, when someone digs that deep into themselves you kind of know it can’t be comfortable. It’s so meaningful and you can feel that. Lots of my favourite records are a challenge to start with but this one wasn’t. It was completely immediate. It made me want to write a piano album. It’s so brave, one of the bravest records I’ve heard in a long time.”
It’s a good week to be a fan of The Coral as the band have just announced not one, but two new albums coming later this year. The first, Sea Of Mirrors, they’ve described as “a surreal Italian spaghetti western soundtrack.” Not ones to do a concept album by halves, before the band recorded a note of music, they wrote a script for said imaginary film and even designed a poster. Alongside appearances from Cillian Murphy and John Simm, Johnny Echols from Love pops up on it, and – maybe even more tantalisingly – The Coral’s original guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones has co-written some of the songs. Wild Bird’s clip-clopping Lee Hazlewood-meets-Ennio Morricone stalk is meant to be the film’s theme tune and it’s worth watching the video to see just how method they’ve gone on this one. It’s genius…
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