Aquiline Influences - The Talk Talk Family

Talk Talk was always in my very short list of Actually Good ’80s Synthpop Bands, but things got really interesting by their third album The Colour of Spring, wherein they begin to step out of the pop mainstream and dip…

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Song of the Week No. 11 - Laura Mvula - Overcome

Okay - maybe Song of the Six Months Or So...

Coming home from a wonderful concert in Ballarat yesterday (Alessandra Garosi, Adam Simmons, David Jones), Laura Mvula came up on the player.  "It's about time we heard something new from…
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Song of the Week No. 10 - Japanese Wallpaper - Arrival

We often have Koffee playing in the kitchen.  It's an easy listening station, but they feature a great diversity of really fine sounds.  I'm always discovering beautiful things.  

I had heard of Japanese Wallpaper (aka Melbourne-based Gab Strum) through a…

Song of the Week No. 9 - Tony Gould - Follow the Flowers

The current artist on inexplicably high rotation in my iTunes is the wonderful Tony Gould.  One of those recent instances was in the car driving my mother to an appointment.  "I don't like this kind of music", she observed, "I…
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Song of the Week No. 8 - Bonobo on KEXP

They tell you Shuffle Mode is random, but I know better.  Sometimes I get the same artist pop up so often that I know the Gods of Good taste are charging me with spreading the word to a world in…
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Song of the Week No. 6 - The Lark Ascending

My family and I spent the long weekend in Daylesford, something of a spiritual home for us.  The house we rented was waiting for us with the heating on and ABC Classic FM on the radio.  Classical music in the…
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Song of the Week No. 5 - Kurt Elling - The Waking


A good concert is just about my favourite thing - the magic of a beautiful venue with my beautiful wife to witness beautiful music.  As Nancy said, it is food for the soul.  Especially when you're in the caring hands…
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Song of the Week No. 2 - The Mummers - March of the Dawn

Although I've never met him, I consider Guy Garvey one of my favourite people. Listening to his music, or his affable manner on the radio, I feel in the company of a kind and loving person who knows me well…
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Song of the Week No. 1 - Ludovico Einaudi - Nazzu Nazzu

Okay, you're obviously in need of more distractions, so I hereby give you Song of the Week ;-) (You'll need to use Spotify for at least some of these). The first selection is from Ludovico Einaudi, best known for his…