I have been a huge Paul Buchanan fan since the release of the first album by The Blue Nile back in the early 1980s. The moment I heard him sing I was captivated. There really is no one else out there with a voice like his. You can feel the emotion oozing through his voice and it never feels forced. Like all exceptional artists, he can create a resonant emotional vibe in just a matter of seconds.
As a fan, you couldn’t wait for the band’s next recording which sometimes took more than 5 years to take place. They clearly have a perfectionist streak and it is rumored that many wonderful performances were sadly left on the cutting room floor. I do hope they are rediscovered one day. There first two albums were recently remastered and well worth purchasing.
The Blue Nile is currently on a long term hiatus but I do hope they record again. In the interim, Paul recently released his first solo album to much critical acclaim. The performances are stripped down and mostly just involve a piano and his unique singing ability. There are many songs to choose from, however I felt the video of “Mid Air” was too good not to share.
Hope you have a restful weekend after I am sure what has been a very busy few weeks…Enjoy!
- Feelings (bareskinned.wordpress.com)
- Chimney Tops And Trumpets: Visions Of The Blue Nile (thequietus.com)
- Conversations with Women: Ethereal World (nodancingnosatisfaction.wordpress.com)
- Villagers, Local Natives and the Blue Nile’s Paul Buchanan – watch live from Other Voices festival (guardian.co.uk)