Nadiya Hussain

Working on a portrait of Nadiya Hussain. Started with a cutting from the i. Then worked over in acrylic and I am now adding oil paint glaze layers.

Haven’t done any more musicians for a while but hope to get back to the project next week. I’m thinking Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith…

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No.15 LANNDS

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LANNDS – acrylic on collage

Happened upon the music of LANNDS recently and I began to listen to the songs over and over (and over). The music is pop, indie, electronica and it’s beautiful. Lyrics, rhythms, synth work and arrangements blend into a magical and ethereal wash of sound and the songs carry a depth of sadness and hope. There are connections for me (not necessarily for anyone else) with the sounds Shura makes (especially on Metanoia – look that up, it’s a lovely word), as well as perhaps IDER (on the list for this series). And the guitar riffs on Young Years are as great as The Van Pelt. I’m looking forward to a lot more – this music deserves to be heard.

LANNDS is based in Jacksonville, Florida.

No YouTube vids I’m afraid, or Bandcamp… so here’s a picture of the painting on the dining room table where I usually work.

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Find out more on her Facebook page.

EP on iTunes here.

Soundcloud page here.

Statue Study

At the Railway Inn in Ashcott, Somerset, at the far end of a sloping lawn on the edge of the bird sanctuary swamp, there are two enormous statues made of some kind of resin or plastic, but they look like stone.

Spring Mix 2017

Tracklist

1 Some Unique Snowflake by Stumbleine
2 Deep by Ivy Sole
3 Metamaterial by Blank Banshee
4 Sol A R Skies by ?
5 Traffic Duty by Arcade Summer
6 Koopa Cookies by venetian snares
7 UFO Tofu by Ariadne’s Labyrinth, Ivan Shopov & Valance Drakes
8 Chimera by Hiatus
9 Jools & Jops by Stumbleine
10 Nightmarket by Burial
11 Overcoming Negative Emotions by Ariadne’s Labyrinth
12 Young Death by Burial
13 Solid Motion (Black Hole) by Higher Intelligence Agency
14 Rifle by Horizon Fire

No.14 Leila Arab

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The following text is from Wikipedia. Info on Leila is sparse. Her music is rich, complex and fabulous.

Leila (born Leila Arab Persian: لیلا عرب‎‎) is an Iranian-born recording artist, producer and DJ based in London, England.

She has worked with prominent European musicians including Björk, and has released music on Rephlex Records, XL Recordings and Warp Records.

She has also recorded experimental and rare music under the alias Grammatix (credited as Aliel Bara) and Little Miss Specta. Most recently, Leila released the album U&I for Warp Records featuring Mt.Sims in January 2012, her latest since 2008’s Blood, Looms & Blooms.

Recording History

In 1993, she began working with Björk for the ‘Debut’ and ‘Post’ tours. In 1998, she released her debut album ‘Like Weather’ on Rephlex Records which included the single Don’t Fall Asleep. The album features vocal contributions from Donna Paul, Luca Santucci and Leila’s sister, Roya Arab. In 2000, she released Courtesy of Choice on XL Recordings, with vocal contributions from the same singers. In 2003, she rejoined Björk for her 2003 greatest hits tour. In 2005, a collaboration between Leila and Björk from the greatest hits tour called ‘Nameless’ (subsequently titled “Storm”) appeared on the Matthew Barney film and soundtrack of Drawing Restraint 9. In 2008, she released her album Blood, Looms and Blooms on Warp Records. On this album, Leila worked with Terry Hall and Martina Topley-Bird in addition to her long term collaborators Luca Santucci and Roya Arab. In 2009, she contributed a cover of an Aphex Twin song to the Warp20 (Recreated) compilation. Her song ‘Underwaters’ is the track on the 2011 Avios advert with the flying electrical equipment.

Selected discography

  • Like Weather (Rephlex Records, 1998)
    (EPs/Singles:) ‘Don’t Fall Asleep’, ‘Space Love’.
  • Courtesy of Choice (XL Recordings, 2000)
    (EP/Single) ‘Sodastream’
  • Blood, Looms, and Blooms (Warp Records, 2008)
    (EP/Singles) ‘Mettle’, ‘Deflect’.
  • U&I (Warp Records, 2012)
    (EP/Singles) ‘(disappointed cloud) anyway’, ‘welcome to your life’

One of my favourite Leila tracks – ‘Feeling’:

No.13 Trish Keenan

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Patricia Anne “Trish” Keenan (28 September 1968 – 14 January 2011) was the lead vocalist and founding member of Broadcast.  She died of complications after suffering from pneumonia shortly after she contracted flu while touring in Australia.

For me, Trish had one of the most memorable and haunting voices ever. I was lucky to see her perform with Broadcast at Koko. She was lost to the world too soon… I will miss her.

Here she is singing ‘Come on Let’s Go’ on Jools Holland.

And here is some immortal hauntology from Broadcast and The Focus Group. All circles vanish…

Die, Mr. Partridge, Die!

That is a great sky, Mr Partridge or no.

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Perhaps you remember Mr. Partridge, my sorry-looking bird I hastily painted last month for “Draw-a-Bird” day. Or, more likely, perhaps you’ve forgotten the woefully-misshapen fellow with his scraggly feathers and sad beak.

I’ve wished I could forget him, but he’s been sitting in the back room, mocking me each time I set foot through the door. “Oh, you thought you could paint!” he cries out to me. There’s no point trying to explain to him that he was never intended to be a work of art. He was just a quickly-painted sketch in honor of our monthly celebration.

For quite some time — actually, ever since I painted him — I’ve been planning to re-use the canvas upon which he reposed in all his glory. But maybe out of sympathy for the poor, bedraggled bird, I hadn’t gotten around to it.

Until today.

It began when I decided to try…

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