Wull Swales answered some questions for Recommended #19 last week, meaning it’s now the turn of John Knox Sex Club.
Who are you recommending? and why?
I’d recommend listening to / going to see Andrea Marini. He is a Glasgow based musician who has just released an excellent full-length album which I’m listening to whilst typing. It’s a blurred picture, darkly lyrical and minimal at points – full, energetic and dare I say ‘catchy’ at others.
How would you describe the music?
With difficulty! Having seen Andrea in the past play in small rooms and big ones, you’d probably have gotten away with saying that he was a powerful singer/songwriter and an excellent performer. These recordings are a shift dynamically towards a fuller sound, where the quality of songwriting is brought out by considered arrangements and a variety of instrumentation that make it harder to place.
How did you discover this artist?
We realised as a band that we came to like his music through separate recommendations. Several of us had seen him play a few years back when it tended to be either solo or with accompanying violin. Last year we were on the same bill together where he played with a cellist, bassist and drummer.
How would you describe the live experience?
If you had to suggest one of their songs to start someone off with what would it be?
A song called Paris, because I’ve just finished listening to the album and it made alot of sense on this dull Monday morning. On another day you’d get a different answer – White Van Man and You Don’t Know What Love Is are both great tracks and equally misleading starting points!
A big thanks to Liam from John Knox Sex Club for the recommendation.
You can hear more from Andrea Marini and purchase his epoynmous debut album on Bandcamp.