Artists On Albums: AOA#40 (Chris Eckman on My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts)

Chris Eckman (The Walkabouts & Dirtmusic) on… Brian Eno & David Byrne’s My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts (Sire, 1981) As an echo of Brian Eno’s love of random gestures and creative accidents, I close my eyes and open my dog-eared copy of Nigerian author Amos Tutola’s 1950s novel My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts and press my finger to the … [Read more...]

Tamikrest – Chatma

The music of Tamikrest is so imbued with the upheaval, sadness and defiance of the Tuareg communities spread across the countries that span the Saharan desert, that applying Western rock critique mores to the band’s work feels somewhat trivial.  Yet to patronise the group’s wares with over-compensating for the fact that merely keeping its members … [Read more...]

Tamikrest – Toumastin

Although generated by a fledgling outfit – at least in recording terms – the work of Mali’s Tamikrest already operates on many different levels, belying the band’s relative youth.  For starters, there’s the thoughtfully articulated socio-political representation of the displaced Touareg communities of the Sahara, from where the group draws its … [Read more...]