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‘It feels like an extra limb’ – musicians on the bond with their instruments

Delivered... Michael Hann | Scene | Thu 20 Feb 2020 5:00 pm

Horrible things happen to instruments in transit – as Ballaké Sissoko and others have recently learned. Five musicians explain why the damage goes more than skin deep

One thing successful musicians have to do a lot of is travel, and when you travel with an instrument, you increase its chances of getting damaged. Early this month, the Malian musician Ballaké Sissoko’s kora was taken apart by US border agents when he left New York, something Sissoko only discovered when he picked it up in Paris. A few days later, Louis Levitt discovered a four-inch crack in his $100,000 double bass after it had been unpacked for security screening at Newark airport, and a few days after that, specialist instrument movers dropped Angela Hewitt’s £150,000 F278 Fazioli piano while removing it from a studio after a recording session, rendering it “unsalvageable”.

The loss of an instrument, though, is about more than inconvenience or financial cost. It’s about the loss of something that can feel like an integral part of a musician’s being – it’s their means of self-expression. And after years of playing one instrument, simply swapping to another isn’t as easy as it sounds – musicians and their instruments have relationships and losing one can be as hard as losing a lover. Here, five musicians talk about the instruments they play, and what those instruments mean to them.

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Grimes: Miss Anthropocene review – a toxicity report on modern celebrity

Delivered... Alexis Petridis | Scene | Thu 20 Feb 2020 1:00 pm

Notionally a concept album about the goddess of climate crisis, the Canadian’s fifth album is actually a compellingly chaotic statement about her own private life

Miss Anthropocene has had a lengthy, difficult birth. As perhaps befits an album that was announced in 2017, then derailed by ferocious-sounding spats between artist and record company, rerecording, and rejigging of the track listing, it comes with a weighty concept attached. Miss Anthropocene is, Grimes says, a work based around the idea of anthropomorphising climate change into the figure of a villainous goddess (“she’s naked all the time and she’s made out of ivory and oil”) whose name is a conflation of “misanthrope” and the proposed scientific term for the current geological epoch, and who celebrates the imminent destruction of the world.

'This is the sound of the end of the world,' she sings over a haze of noisy, shoegazey guitar

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News | Jessy Lanza Returns With New Track, ‘Lick In Heaven’ – The Quietus

Delivered... | Scene | Thu 20 Feb 2020 9:00 am
News | Jessy Lanza Returns With New Track, 'Lick In Heaven'  The Quietus

News | Touring EU Artists To Require Visas To Play In The UK From 2021 – The Quietus

Delivered... | Scene | Thu 20 Feb 2020 9:00 am
News | Touring EU Artists To Require Visas To Play In The UK From 2021  The Quietus

News | Fuzz Club Eindhoven Announces 2020 Line-Up – The Quietus

Delivered... | Scene | Thu 20 Feb 2020 9:00 am
News | Fuzz Club Eindhoven Announces 2020 Line-Up  The Quietus
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