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 parisdjs.com:
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.