Graham Coxon: The Spinning Top (Transgressive)

 |   |  1 min read

Graham Coxon: In the Morning
Graham Coxon: The Spinning Top (Transgressive)

Damon Albarn has had the more visible profile outside of Blur -- Gorillaz, his Mali Music album, The Good, The Bad and The Queen -- but for the band’s former guitarist Coxon (who left after Think Tank of 03) The Spinning Top is his seventh solo outing and extends his interest in Anglofolk of the Nick Drake, Bert Jansch and Richard Thompson kind.

To Blur, Coxon brought US indie-rock influences but here he is almost exclusively on acoustic guitars and weaving in influences of the late Davy Graham (the Indian musicians on the pop-hypnotic In the Morning) as much as indulging in some pastoral, finger-picking folk with a small ensemble which includes Robyn Hitchcock and bassist Danny Thompson.

It isn’t all low-lights folk: the psychedelic If You Want Me stutters to life over a churning electric fuzz in a mood change worthy of Syd Barrett; Dead Bees is close to brittle Blur-rock; and Caspian Sea is plastered with wah-wah.

There is a story here: the life of a man from birth, through carefree happiness (the ballad Perfect Love with weird sound effects), losses and on to death.

If that sounds weighty, the music mostly redeems it with the light touches and quirkiness (strange guitar effects, flutes, harmonica), although Coxon’s often thin vocals can be an acquired taste.

If rock’n’roll Blur were your thing there’s probably little for you, but if adventurous Anglofolk means anything then this is daring stuff.


Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Various: Rogue's Gallery (Anti/Shock)

Various: Rogue's Gallery (Anti/Shock)

Believe it or not, when I was a kid my dad -- who had spent time at sea and was never happier than when on a ship -- not only played my Beatles and his Louis Armstrong albums with equal enjoyment,... > Read more

Reb Fountain: Holster (Fountain)

Reb Fountain: Holster (Fountain)

This Auckland-based singer-songwriter impressed Elsewhere greatly with her debut Like Water, but this album is a real step up on every front, from the elaborate and evocative cover art, through the... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

THE BOOK OF THE FILM OF THE MAN (2006): From silver screen to serious stuff

THE BOOK OF THE FILM OF THE MAN (2006): From silver screen to serious stuff

You know how it is, you see Charlton Heston parting the Red Sea and you think, “Man, I should read that book. It looks kinda neat.” Or you watch Michael Jackson: The E! Hollywood... > Read more

MARIJUANA: My life in a happy place; no apologies

MARIJUANA: My life in a happy place; no apologies

As the 21st century dawned there was considerable argument in New Zealand about whether marijuana should be decriminalist, a debate prompted by a Green MP Nandor Tanczos attempting to bring a bill... > Read more