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If there’s ever been a time for music which gives a sense of place, it’s right now. If you’re looking for something to take you back to Tyneside’s glorious streets without actually having to set foot outside, look no further than Paul Smith’s album A Mind Full of Nothing But Continue, recently made available via Bandcamp.

The Maximo Park frontman was originally commissioned to write the largely a capella album in response to the route of the Great North Run. It’s a wonderfully evocative album which reflects on the landscape of the race, from Cowgate on the edge of the city to the coast where the race finishes, as well as the actions and feelings of the runners, while also managing to be lightly humorous (and possibly contains the first Brockley Whins pun in musical history). The album’s variety of voices (and occasional synth) is laid out in one continuous track, providing an undulating rhythm and culminating in a mesmerising listen.

I was inspired by Meredith Monk and Björk’s Medulla album, along with doo-wop music, which I’ve always loved.” Paul explains. “However, I didn’t want to process or interfere with the voices too much, so it hopefully has a raw quality that marks it out.”

A Mind Full Of Nothing But Continue is available to buy and stream via Paul Smith’s Bandcamp page

 

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