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A Musical Interlude


The work of W.G. Sebald seems to find its way into the work of a wide variety of artists.  The latest connection I have run across is a smart British musical duo – Andrew Phillips and Marcus O’Dair – who call themselves grasscut.  They have been described as “a kind of Gilbert and George of electronic music,” which, as a huge fan of Gilbert and George, was a great recommendation to me.   grasscut‘s debut CD High Down (Ninja Tune ZENDNLS243) begins with a lyric that quotes Sebald:  “These forms exist. They simply have fallen into disrepair.”  Here is a description of the CD from the musical website

a transcendental journey from the Sussex South Downs of High Down to the Nintendo cathedral of Muppet. On its way it encounters both string quartets and casio keyboards, as well as a cast of voices including a 1920s tenor (The Tin Man), a Victorian singing poet (In Her Pride), gossiping mums and the Massed Voices of St Helier Choir (Muppet), a woman reminiscing about post-war rationing (1946), and two American property developers (Old Machines). The contemporary song cycle also features original vocals on several tracks.

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  1. Hello Terry

    Thank you for featuring this – it’s a delight to see the music received in the spirit it was intended. Sebald’s voice also features at the end of the track, but you’ll have to wait for the album [October 7th] to hear that! The voices of Hilaire Belloc, Ezra Pound & Basil Bunting also feature, but it’s the spirit of Sebald that has totally informed the making of this record.

    Andrew Phillips / grasscut

    June 10, 2009

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