From Colorado to San Francisco, from violin to electronic studies and the forming of TUXEDOMOON, from America to Europe, from TUXEDOMOON to solo albums, from Belgium to Greece, from music to movie acting,... from there to the reunion ( after 2000) of TUXEDOMOON and...and..., this is just one of the trails someone could draw on Blaine`s map of life and art. A nomadic wandering, located always close to the core of uneasy creative dreams.
Byzantium, his fourth solo effort, recorded in Bruxelles, end of 1986 with Gilles Martin, for Les Disques du Crepuscule record label. Blaine plays the most instruments (keyboards, electronics,violin, guitars, vocals) and is also responsible for the back cover notes about the establishment of Constantinople/Byzantine empire(!!). Considered the album`s references to Kraftwerk, Leonard Cohen, Orson Wells (to name but the obvious) , we see in byzantium a symbol of a young man rising into art. Blaine lays his personal mythology amongst the decisively loved ones who played "the ghosts to his teenage theatre" including also here, "some fine day", a composition from 1973 (!), recorded 1986, simply, with an acoustic guitar...
Although Byzantium misses the diversity and deepness of TUXEDOMOON sound palette, it is an important for its creator work, personal and with a high degree of artistic consciousness...
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"...i play a ghost in your teenage theatre..." B.L.R.
Riped from vinyl.
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