Far be it for me to big up the thoroughly terrible ‘McDonalds’ but credit where credit is due, whoever in their marketing department that convinced the higher ups to commission these ceramic coffee cups from designer Patrick Norguet deserves a raise.
I took a long time to come around to Van Gogh, and I imagine I’m not alone? when somebody is such a towering figure in the arts there can be an instinct to avoid the universal reverence they evoke and look elsewhere, but like the Beatles, Van Gogh cannot be denied, his paintings are beautiful, richly coloured and emotional, they look better in person and they have great depth.
Lately I’ve been especially fond of his portraits of friends and workmen, the colours are gorgeous, and their simple utilitarian clothing is a great contrast to the elaborate texture of the paint technique and backdrops.
“Plenty of people come to shop, but it’s expensive, and Bond street and Sloane street are pretty much what you’d find at home. It won’t have escaped your notice that the avaricious first world has become a branded and cloned airport lounge.”
Sylver Tongue - hook you up : Sylver Tongue is the newest project of the ever restless Charlotte Hatherley, once a journeywoman guitarist in 90’s indie prodigies Ash, she went solo in the early 00’s and hit home with second album ‘the deep blue’ a densely layered art rock classic that has been one of my most played albums of the last couple years, she followed this with 'New Worlds' which tightened the arrangements up with echoes of Bowie and Roxy Music and now brings us Sylver Tongue, another change in direction that hints at the synth-driven sophistication of Prefab Sprout, Prince and Japan (the band).
This is music for people who cherish music, melodies that work for the attention.