I love this record and I love Robert Wyatt. When I first heard him, as a teenager, I didn’t know what to make of him, but his music is genuine and humane; I persevered and soon became enraptured. Rock Bottom is like the sea that it speaks of, deep and seemingly unfathomable, but ever-changing and capable of rare and pure beauty. Today I read this amazing Pitchfork interview and listened to samples of Wyatt’s favourite music and I felt I had to share it with someone/everyone!
Her voice is a force of nature. The arrangement is full-on Bond theme. That’ll do me.
Elizabeth Price, video still from User Group Disco, 2009
The Baltic art gallery in Gateshead is currently showing three large-scale video installations by Elizabeth Price that deal with the suggestive language of advertising via beautiful imagery and intense usage of sound. I stood in the dark in front of these big screens and allowed myself to be bombarded.