PJ Harvey, England and me

Goddamn’ Europeans!

Take me back to beautiful England
& the grey, damp filthiness of ages,
fog rolling down behind the mountains,
& on the graveyards, and dead sea-captains.

Let me walk through the stinking alleys
to the music of drunken beatings,
past the Thames River, glistening like gold
hastily sold for nothing.

Let me watch night fall on the river,
the moon rise up and turn to silver,
the sky move,
the ocean shimmer,
the hedge shake,
the last living rose quiver.

The Last Living Rose by PJ Harvey

Against the Grain

Laura Marling is a British singer-songwriter from Hampshire. Her new album Once I Was an Eagle (2013) is a beautiful piece of music.


There comes a point in life where you realise you’re sort of going along with things as they are, and maybe, perhaps not as they ought to be . And, I realised there’s no reason why I had to feel like that. (…) I want to be happy, that’s my drive. I want to be content. (…)

Front Row interview, 07.06.13



No time to lose, so here it is: Savages, Keats and a reportage on  Poetry, Texas.

Savages is a London band of four ladies inspired by post punk. No enchantment and no fluff.

The band succeeds on the strength of brutal execution and a constant, bright-eyed attention to craft. It has reduced various strands of punk and basic rock to a sound that is ferocious, articulate, and as carefully organized as it is crude. . .


A fragment of the band’s MANIFESTO #2

Because we must teach ourselves new ways of POSITIVE MANIPULATIONS, music and words are aiming to strike like lightning, like a punch in the face, a determination to understand the WILL and DESIRES of the self.


The quote below I found in a book on typography. While I was drawing it I remembered a reportage I listened one or two years ago titled Poetry, Texas by Pejk Malinowski, a Danish poet.


These are some fragments from the reportage:

I’ve found Poetry on Google. I came across a picture of a water tower with a word Poetry on it. Poetry, Texas. I’m a third generation poet, my grandfather was a poet, my mother is a poet, and I have also published books of poetry in my native language Danish. I’ve been surrounded by poetry since childhood, and, so the temptation to go to Poetry and meet the people there was too great to resist. It’s real and it’s a metaphor. (…)

(…) First thing I noticed is that the roads in Poetry sound like radio stations FM 986, FM 1565. The German word for poetry is Dichtung, which means to condense (…) The Greek word for poetry, poesis, literary means to make. The poet in the Ancient Greece was a maker. (…)

(…) Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows and of lending existence to nothing. (…)



Dense Downtempo Electronica


…especially with the contemporary music, there is this feeling of being something that’s quite alienating…


Need one be educated in classical music to appreciate Anna Meredith’s compositions?

Anna Meredith is a Scottish composer of contemporary music and electronica. She also performs live with her band Horsebox. Her music is demanding and not to everyone’s taste. It’s quite dark and at moments unsettling. The sounds are piercing. Most of the time I think it’s not for me, but I keep coming back to it.

HandsFree is a piece of orchestral sounds performed with hands slapping the various parts of the body. One hundred and fifty gestures for one hundred and sixty-five people.



Weave & Spin


Lady Maisery is a British vocal folk trio from Hazel Askew (voice, harp, concertina), Hannah James (voice, accordion, clog dancer ) and Rowan Rheingans (voice, fiddle, banjo, ban-sitar). Their harmonies are enchanting, their diddling reviving and inspiring.

Folk music means people and community, it doesn´t have to be traditional or old, but it has to be something that can be shared with people…

Diddling is a style of singing tunes in folk tradition, (…) it is mouth music in Scotland and lilting in Ireland, …, but in England no one, recently, has been doing it, has been singing tunes, and there’s definitely, records of people used to do it and little references to it, but we’ve kind of started it again (…)

From na interview with Hazel Askew for “Arts in the Afternoon”, MA Radio, Goldsmiths





Haim: Alana, Danielle and Este are the winners of BBC’s Sound of 2013. They grew up in California’s San Francisco Valley. Their first guides and teachers were their’s parents. With them they formed Rockinghaim, a family group. Haim’s music now is a blend of girly folk-rock, R&B and hip-hop styling thrown now and then. The edgy harmonies of the sisters, raw energy and the feel of the 80’s hook the listener and make him come back for more.

Never look back, never give up
Never look back, never give up
Never look back, never give up
I’ll never give up
I’ll never give up



Dead & Born & Grown


The Staves is an acoustic folk rock trio of three sisters from Watford, England. They are influenced and inspired by their Welsh-born mother raised in a community of voice choirs. The Staves’s vocal arrangements are striking, powerful and enchanting. Their music makes people plunge into its beaming beauty.

And I’ll stay the same and stand * here on my own * ‘Till everything is dead and born * and grown * Just go at your own pace * As you slip and tumble down * from grace * We’re safe in one anothers’ * company * (…)

From the album Dead & Born & Grown (2012)


Prist with Balloons


Tiny Ruins, whose real name is Holly Fullbrook, is a songwriter and a composer. Her debut album Some Were Meant For Sea was selected one of the favourite BBC’s albums of 2012. It is minimal, cool, tender and melancholic. The music was recorded in a hall of an old school at night, because of the nesting birds in the roof.  Some Were Meant For Sea is about movement, distance, place changing and exploring. As for the process of song writing, Holly has a habit of collecting strange stories from newspaper articles, like, for example, traffic controllers having ballet lessons in some small town of Rumania.



Not regular party size; * Waves crash on either side. * He’s wearing polypropylene, * Clutching at straws, holding onto string. * What was he looking for – * Truth, or was it Heaven? * Or did he just want to go out with a bang, * So to speak? * He’s put his helmet on, * Steps out, floats on into the sky, * Goodbye! * It’s funny, but I can understand why: * I want to live where traffic controllers * Are ballet dancers, * And billboards painted over with colours; * Where unkindness is fined * In numbers of roses, * And nobody feels like taking the commons, * Nobody feels like taking the commons. * (…)

From a song Priest With Balloons


avant cello


Zoë Keating is a DIY artist, musician, sound architect. Her music belongs to a subculture of musicians and artists who exist mainly on internet. Inspired be early german electronica and the way it was produced she’s creating the music that surrounds you and makes you dive into it. Zoë Keating has an amazing gift to combine the classical sound of cello and technology. To listen to her is an experience that is both unforgettable and addictive.


I love that feeling of getting swept up just in sound of music and that feeling of being a cellist in the middle of a hundred people crowd that are playing a pice of music, and you are just like getting swept up, like in this wave (…) you are in a sort of three-dimensional landscape of sound.

The Avant Cellist Zoë Keating made by A Visibly Smart Film