19 May 2015

The Magic Whip by Blur

From The Sampler, 7:30 pm on 19 May 2015

Melody Thomas indulges in a freshly whipped album from a reunited Blur.

Blur The Magic WhipThe Magic Whip is the first full album from Britpop chart toppers Blur in 16 years to feature all four members, and as the title suggests there’s still magic to be made if you can just lock them all up in a room together. Recorded in Hong Kong, in a tiny, windowless studio mimicking the claustrophobic  intensity of the city around them, and the result is both familiar and foreign. It’s definitely Blur - but it's a Blur transplanted, wandering the streets and underground of a foreign, fluorescent metropolis. Questions of their current relevance are answered  by exploring relatable themes of Isolation and fear, is technology liberating or enslaving us…  these ideas are far from comforting, but there is some comfort in knowing you’re not alone in feeling them.

Songs Featured: Lonesome Street, Thought I Was A Spaceman, My Terracotta Heart, New World Towers, There Are Too Many Of Us

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