RECOMMENDED REISSUE: The Bilders; Beatin Hearts (Grapefruit Record Club)

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RECOMMENDED REISSUE: The Bilders; Beatin Hearts (Grapefruit Record Club)

Not often we get to use the word “polymath”  . . . but it describes multi-lingual poet, writer, publisher, dramatist, musician-without-portfolio Bill Direen whose reputation kicked in seriously with this debut album (after a series of singles and EPs) in '83.

Released on Flying Nun, it includes a version of Denis Glover's poem The Magpies alongside Direen's idiosyncratic pop.

Nun founder Roger Shepherd considers it “a masterpiece” and “totally timeless” although admits it was perhaps a “bit too grown up” for Nun fans at the time.

Now reissued on vinyl.

Music for grown ups.

For much more on Bill Direen at Elsewhere go here

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