Adam Bohman: Music and Words

My next interview is with Adam Bohman who is going to talk to us about Music and Words. This is a very unusual instalment of Navel-Gazers in that the entire interview was carried out through the post! At Adam's request, all of my questions were handwritten, with responses provided back to me on a cassette tape: perhaps the perfect medium for this discussion. Much of 'Music and Words' itself revolves around cassettes, decades-old "Talking Tapes" of Adam puttering around London's remote suburbs and narrating astutely on his encounters with the random, the incidental and the banal. There's also - as advertised - music in the mix here, instrumental sound interspersed with the narrations in ways which are totally unpredictable. I invite you to listen and read, but I can't promise you'll be able to do both at once - 'Music and Words' may have you laughing out loud, or scaling the walls...!

AC: Firstly thanks for suggesting this unusual approach. …

Lara Jones: Ensō

My next interview is with Lara Jones who is going to talk to us about Ensō. This is a recent release which got my attention right out the gate for its unusual combination of themes. 'Ensō' is a concept drawn from Zen, while much of the album's contents seem to concern journeys along the bustling transport corridor between England and France a.k.a. the Eurostar, although I cannot say for sure. The music itself is stunning: "ambient" on the one hand, and yet I'm unable to focus on anything else while listening to 'Ensō'... the interplay between its elements - field recordings, atmospheric sound, and saxophone - is so purposeful and intense that it is almost like watching a film. So to our readers, if you've not listened to it yet, consider this a spoiler alert! Ok enough said.. let's find out more about Lara Jones and 'Ensō'.

AC: My first encounter with 'Ensō' was a memorable one. Obviously I know you're a saxophonist (your pa…

Limpe Fuchs: Muusiccia

My next interview is with the wonderful Limpe Fuchs who is going to talk to us about Muusiccia. Limpe has been a recording artist since at least 1972, the year of the classic self-titled album by Anima Sound - and when I first got in touch with her I was temped to cover one of these older records. Yet the hyper-textural music of 'Muusiccia' which is from 1993 (still the earliest recording yet covered on Navel-Gazers) captivates me in a way which is so personal and so intense that I knew that was what we had to talk about instead. Before reading this interview - or perhaps while reading - I recommend you to put in your favourite headphones and allow Limpe's handmade percussion sounds to usher you in. 'Muusiccia' is no mere album, it's a sublime sound art gallery where surprises lurk around the corners and where music and sculpture seem to collide. Let's find out more!

AC: Not to lead off with anything too topical, but you had mentioned to me that 'Muusicc…