Forgive me for my lack of writing this past month (I almost feel like a stranger to my own blog) but after much stress and frustration, I’ve finally moved into my new home in Whalley Range. At first glance it might seem like a small self-contained apartment, but to me it represents a new beginning. The road I now find myself walking down every day is sheltered by large swaying trees, and directly opposite my front door is a beautiful old college building. Having shared living space for most of my adult life, my walls are now my own… and this sense of freedom can only be a positive thing.
Freedom is an important thing for Tru Luv too. I have no-one telling me who I can or can’t write about… no guidelines or word limits. I have no advertisers to satisfy or financial pressure to generate hits. Each discovery I make and share with you is a direct reflection of my own personal taste.
Manchester based Inkling is an artist I’ve written about before: a slow burning side project of MONEY’s Charlie Cocksedge, his productions are neither immediate nor attention seeking, but rather shy and slow revealing. Bearing resemblance to the work of minimalist composer Nils Frahm, Stray is an absorbing piece that understands the need for intimacy; each note played with the lightest of touch… a sense of growing freedom is found across it’s 9 minute duration. As I walk under these swaying trees, Stray is the perfect soundtrack to my new beginning.
M O N E Y’s recent track Bluebell Fields is the biggest indication yet that the band I watched perform as Books, Youth and Meke Menete are about to say hello to a mainstream audience. One youtube commentator even accused them of being the next Coldplay. What the fuck?
With that in mind, I’d like to introduce you to Kraken – the solo project of charismatic lead singer Jamie Lee. His recordings, which can be found scattered across the internet like breadcrumbs leading you to a house made of confectionery, are more fragile and soul searching than you could ever imagine. It was not lost on me that when Jamie recently performed at the mythical SWAYS Bunker, he covered Daniel Johnston. His performance was intimate, captivating and dangerously close to being my favourite moment of 2013.
I’ve always been obsessed by myths and monsters – the Kraken was a huge sea creature that destroyed ships. I’ll leave you to google up uncensored images of Jamie to see if this holds true…
Plastic Crown is a solo project from Manchester’s Sam Price-Salisbury.
I first met Sam a year ago: we were both part of a growing SWAYS musical community that gravitated around The Bunker, but whose ideas were spreading much further.
I’ve watched from afar as various tracks under different names have emerged and disappeared.. but one thing is obvious to me, Sam has the kind of talent they can’t teach you.
‘Eulogy’ is an 8 minute masterpiece, interspersing TS Eliot’s Wasteland, a clanging of a bell, a sombre organ and lovelorn vocals with fuzzy, intelligent production. As an opening statement, its really quite something.
‘Blood’ is just really beautiful and I can’t stop listening to it.
Its hard not to compare Sam with Jamie Lee from M O N E Y – both have vocals that seem to reach for something more spiritual, like angels in paradise. Whatever he decides to focus on, I’m convinced his ideas will bloom into something very special.
One of my favourite bands to emerge out of Manchester in the last few years is M O N E Y – with a debut album coming out on Bella Union and a couple of very special performances approaching for the Manchester International Festival, it looks like they could finally be propelled into the spotlight.
With that in mind, I’d like to introduce you to Inkling, a side project by guitarist Charlie Cocksedge. Three tracks currently exist on soundcloud – my favourite is Aubade, a 5 minute composition that shimmers and shines, gathering momentum slowly to a gorgeous crescendo. More please!!