Enköping, Sweden based Mikael Takacs uses pipettes to distribute acrylic paint across the canvas to create his subjects, which he then distorts by dragging the paint around using various tools, like sticks and combs.
Takacs combines the classic abstract expression of marbling with concrete figures. He prefers to blur the lines and to present an abstract artwork. According to him, abstract art makes the dialogue between the viewer and the piece of art more interesting. This results in intricate patterns that forms his subjects.
This will be our last installment of the Good, the Bad, and the Thursday featuring all things Albarn, and we end with one of our favorite songs of the year, the newest and only Blur release in years, “Fool’s Day.” For context, “Fool’s Day” was released in conjunction with Record Store Day in April, a single track in limited vinyl units followed by a free download.”
The song feels nostalgic, and has a simple perfection to it that only a band as comfortable with their legacy like Blur can do. And it has a feeling of just wanting to enjoy music for the simple reason of not being able to let go of the simple pleasure of a good tune.
Enjoy. Thank you for liking Damon Albarn like we do.
This is just one of those songs that is so iconic at this point, such an anthem, that we don’t even remember when it became a novelty track for us when we have had a bit too much to drink. But its like “Hey Ya” in a sense where that novelty is still fun, and Blur were having some sort of piss doing this track. At least we assume.
In 1994, the song was named single of the year by NME and Melody Maker, and the cover of the single was taken from a Durex condom ad. Touche.
Its Thanksgiving, so throwing you some harder tracks would be a bit inappropriate, so we are going with a nice slow “Sweet Song” from Blur. A lot nicer for around the table, or when you are wasting time in front of the TV before/after the family gathering. Enjoy.
One of the great, great songs of the Blur catalog, one that has stood the test of time as a ballad/closing to a set classic. “This Is A Low” The epic closer is found on Parklife, made it to the Best Of album, but was never a single. Enjoy.
We go all the way back to 1993 and Blur’s second album, Modern Life is Rubbish, where gone when shoegaze and in came super pop. “Chemical World” was a decent single from the band, and when you hear it, definitely sounds like 1993.
This is the sometimes forgotten 2002 project from Blur/Gorillaz man Damon Albarn, Mali Music, featuring his collaborations with various Mali musicians. The results were at times stunning, but definitely go into the category of “Experimental” music, although many of the same traits found in early Gorillaz’ tunes are found here. Especially here in “Spoons.” Enjoy.
This has always been one of our most favorite, and in our eyes underrated Blur song in their entire catalog. Lodged in the middle of the 14 track Blur album of 1997, “You’re So Great” again shows a little more American indie rock, Neutral Milk Hotel vibe than anything prior in Blur’s music. Enjoy.