An artist obsession: finding peace in melody and melancholy

Stanley Donwood — Fleet Street Apocalypse, London Views (2015)
Stanley Donwood — Fleet Street Apocalypse (2015)

Time out of mind

Act 1: Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten. Image credit: Stephen White, The Last Mixed Tape
Image credit: Stephen White, The Last Mixed Tape

Serpents in my mind
Looking for your crimes
Everything changes
I don’t want to mine to this time

– ‘Serpents

Well, every time the sun comes up, I’m in trouble

– ‘Every Time the Sun Comes Up

Turning the wheel on my street
My heart still skips a beat
It’s echoing, echoing, echoing, echoing, echoing, echoing

– ‘Jupiter

Act 2: Radiohead

Thom Yorke. Image credit: Greg Williams/Courtesy of the artist
Image credit: Greg Williams/Courtesy of the artist

In the middle of the vortex
The wind picked up
Shook up the soot
From the chimney pot
Into spiral patterns
Of you, my love

Dawn Chorus

You are my centre
When I spin away

Videotape

Slight of hand
Jump off the end
Into a clear lake
No one around
Just dragonflies
Fantasize
No one gets hurt

Codex’

I think you’re crazy, maybe
I think you’re crazy, maybe

I will see you in the next life

– ‘Motion Picture Soundtrack

All is well, as long as we keep spinning
Here and now, dancing behind a wall
When the old songs and laughter we do
Are forgiven always and never been true

– ‘Suspirium

Act 3: Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds

Nick Cave. Image credit: Tinovacca
Image credit: Tinovacca

“Can’t remember anything at all.”

Mercy on Me, Reinhard Kleist

Everybody’s losing someone
Everybody’s losing someone
It’s a long way to find peace of mind, peace of mind
It’s a long way to find peace of mind, peace of mind
And I’m just waiting now for my time to come
And I’m just waiting now for peace to come
For peace to come

– ‘Hollywood

You’ve got to just keep on pushing it
Keep on pushing it
Push the sky away

– ‘Push the Sky Away

I called out, I called out
Right across the sea
But the echo comes back empty
And nothing is for free

– ‘Skeleton Tree

An echo, echoing

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