Why artists shouldn’t stick to art
Big, fuzzy blocks of colour.
My Bloody Valentine – ‘Only Shallow’
Since we’re on the subject, am I the only one who didn’t buy the remastered Loveless after streaming it? The remasters clarify what should remain hazy, stripping it of the essential mystery that makes it so moreish. It’s the feeling of something undeniably solid but only just out of reach, like a ghost of a pop song.
Tashaki Miyaki – ‘Hollywood Forever Cemetary Sings’
This cover of the Father John Misty song is one of my favourite songs this year. Again, it pulls off being robustly sensual but fuzzy round the edges. There’s a free download at the Bandcamp page.
Loop – ‘Arc Lite’
The droning, repetitiveness and angular riffs to me suggests the unending square blocks of Rothko’s most famous period.
Nine Inch Nails – ‘A Warm Place’
OK, so a bit of a cheat given the abstract sleeve art for the Low-era-Bowie-inspired Downward Spiral, but it does fit. The two sections of the track suggest the multiple blocks in a typical Rothko painting.
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Princess Stomper is a former magazine contributor and music researcher, who now works in a marketing department for an academic organisation. She lives in the English countryside and runs the Reinspired blog.