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Another Musical Interlude


Last week I posted a little piece about the British duo grasscut, which is releasing a CD that opens with a song that quotes W.G. Sebald.   This week yet another British CD was announced that bears a relationship to Sebald.  According to, Sleeping States’ CD In the Gardens of the North is “a literary inspired album.”  The opening track Rings of Saturn is described as a eulogy for WG Sebald, while second track The Next Village is inspired by Kafka.  Sleeping States is the stage name for singer-songwriter Markland Starkie.  The CD comes out August 17.  The Guardian‘s take on the project can be found here.

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  1. It is bizarre to see these musical responses to Sebald, when there is a palpable absence of music in his books. The lack of Benjamin Britten in THE RINGS OF SATURN is particularly odd… but then is that too real? Is that brand of cultural pilgrimage too safe for the more exciting explorations of Sebald’s narratives.

    June 11, 2009
  2. cathy o' leary #

    Terry, another artist bearing a deep relationship with WG Sebald is Max Richter. He is an experimental classical composer, and like Sebald he was born in Germany but has lived most of his life in England. He himself describes Sebald as an influence and many overviews of his work reference Sebald. His compositions are these strange searching landscapes populated by texts and noises and apparitions. I think of him as musical kin for Sebald…

    August 8, 2009
  3. Sam #

    I thought of Richter too when I read this, but I didn’t know of the Sebald connection. I love his pieces incorporating readings from Kafka and Murakami. Saw him at Union Chapel last year (where, coincidentally, grasscut played just last week) and it was incredible.

    Crazy how many cool small record labels there are in the UK these days. I’ve become obsessed with Arctic Circle Radio:

    June 7, 2010

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