The Last Sound – new release, live gig

I really like these new tracks from The Last Sound – they’re wonderfully dreamy and gothic, and sound like they’re on a dusty 7″ from the late ’80s that you found in your grumpy Bauhaus-obsessed older sibling’s bedroom. Dubliner Barry Murphy is the guy behind The Last Sound, and his new 7″ release, ‘Only the Lonely Know the Glow is Failing’/’Turbochant’, is released on the excellent Osaka record label. Barry has a long and varied musical career which includes performing with ex-Can vocalist Damo Suzuki’s tour band, and on his 2009 live album One More Universe, as well as being … Continue reading The Last Sound – new release, live gig

Concerning a Sufjan Stevens sighting, The Olympia, Dublin

Great musicians become great musicians because of one thing: innovation. Think David Bowie’s flirtation with a new musical persona; Talking Heads’ layered basslines and polyrhythmic experimentation on Remain in Light; or Tom Waits’ ability to consistently reinvent himself while staying true to his grizzly spirit. The history of artists reinventing their careers does feature some car crashes, but those that did it successfully demonstrated that it is better to embrace change than fear it. Michigan-born musician Sufjan Stevens is a perfect example of someone who is consistently innovative. With the release of his fourth album Seven Swans, in 2004, Stevens … Continue reading Concerning a Sufjan Stevens sighting, The Olympia, Dublin