107 - Mid Air by Paul Buchanan 2012
Paul Buchanan's debut solo lp seems to have met a bit of a mixed reception. Partly due to a sense of disappointment that it wasn't a Blue Nile lp , a feeling I guess heightened by the fact that Blue Nile thees are in place as words and phrases echo earlier songs, and of course there is that voice.
Two of my favourite tracks from the Blue Nile are Regret and early b side and Family Life , both of which are largely piano based songs , so Mid Air was always going to be a winner for me.
The short songs feel like sketches but ones that contain universal truths.This is a proper gown ups record made by and for someone who has been battered along on life's air currents and is now sending fragmented dispatches from the front. Memory , sadness and regret weave in and out of each other. This is another lp that I think will climb the top 125 every year .
Trev over at Hissy Fit has done a much better job than I ever could at writing about the lp and some individual tracks here .
For me every new listen means another phrase will stick in my mind as I pin my own memory to it so the whole thing has become a collage of emotion
You can buy Mid Air here