Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
News September 2020
'And the sound that we hear as we stumble down the road is the ticking of a time bomb getting ready to explode.' As the world battles with political unrest and climate emergency, this seems the right time to bring back an epic protest song from our album
The Big Idea. Described by engineer Owen Morris as "completely over the top", 'New Jerusalem' is an all-out 10-minute sonic assault featuring a 25-piece Welsh choir, the pipe organ of St. George's Church, Hanover Square and a thunderous, cross-rhythmic contribution from drummer Gavin Harrison. In the first of two Inside The Music online articles, Dave, Barbara and guitarist Beren Matthews take a detailed look at the song's instrumental and vocal parts, with Part 2 to follow in October. This month's deconstruction contains play-along audio clips, keyboard transcriptions, lyrics, guitar chords and two guitar videos.
Click here to read the article.
Pop Quiz Winner
On a lighter note, we're pleased to announce the winner of our fabulous Summer Pop Quiz (cue cheesy organ chord). The question was, 'What other pop duo has the initials S & G in its name?' While most people correctly guessed the US songsters Simon & Garfunkel, several contestants also ingeniously suggested Sullivan & Gilbert, who could also (just about) be thought of as a (kind of) pop duo, albeit one whose names are normally listed the other way round. (We hadn't thought of this Victorian-era writing team, but allowed the answer anyway.) The first correct entry to emerge from The Sorting Hat was Tom May, who wins two personalised signed items from our online store. Congratulations to Tom, and thanks to all the kind folks who took part and sent us nice messages.
Inside The Music continues next month with the second part of 'New Jerusalem', including the Britannia dream sequence, Hubert Parry's immortal hymn intro, recording notes by Dave and Owen Morris and an explanation of Gavin's crazy 'rhythmic illusion' at the end of the song. Till then, stay well, keep calm and carry on, chin up, don't panic, stiff upper lip, hold your nerve, grin and bear it, get a grip, stay rational, don't let the buggers grind you down and if you live in the USA, don't forget to work out your voting plan!
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Here are some nice comments we received on our new album Star Clocks. Thanks to the kind folks who sent them!
"Utterly, utterly beautiful. A great and sublime creation. There's so much depth to this album... both of you show development and even greater maturity since the last album. I love 'Everything Sings' in particular. It's anthemic. But all the tracks are faultless in both production and performance."
"Awesome, just awesome. Dave's lyrics and music are fantastic and so is Barbara's immaculate voice - still to my mind one of the best female voices of her generation... 'Everything Sings' is about as perfect as perfection can get. Amazing poetry, composition and performance."
"My copy of Star Clocks arrived today and I am very happy. It's beautiful and on repeat. The subtlety and poignancy of the music still grows and progresses."
"Thank you for your music!! It's golden, classic pop that keeps on giving. Barbara's singing is just lovely, it's sweet and true."
"Their mellow songs continue to be among the most gorgeous anywhere."
"The pure definition of intelligent pop music. I treasure every release!"
"STAR CLOCKS IS BEAUTIFUL."
"Totally in love with the wonderful new album. Brings me to tears."
"A great album by two artists still at the top of their game. Overall the whole album just sounds great!"
"I received yesterday your Star Clocks CD and I'm already at the third listen. What I can say? As always it's a GEM!!!"
"Barbara is sounding better than ever. Like good wine, your voice gets better with time. Thank you for your wonderful music!"
"I put on Star Clocks as soon as I received it and love the new songs & lyrics! VERY inspiring! Excellent mix & recording (as always)... love the great keyboard patches (and performances) and Barbara sounds better than ever! Gavin Harrison is fantastic (as always) and the guitar parts fit right in and are very complimentary as well. Congratulations on another musical success! 'The magic remains'."
"The house is shaking with the thunderous sounds of Star Clocks. How does Dave manage to create such sounds from just a handful of keyboards? Why is Barbara not lauded far and wide as one of the UK's great vocalists? A resounding musical success... again. Play on repeat."
"'Everything Sings' and 'Time's Arrow' feel like the emotional essence of Star Clocks. More sedate and introspective, they are suffused with a languid melancholy. Gaskin's gloriously multitracked voice articulates the wonder of being alive in the former and one's inevitable mortality in the latter. Incredibly poignant, Stewart's meticulous orchestration on these deeply affecting melodies is equal to his best work. Magical and moving, they are quietly devastating."
Dave Stewart (keyboards) and Barbara Gaskin (vocals) are English musicians who began their respective careers as band members in the early '70s. During this time Dave won a reputation as a leading keyboard player and composer, while Barbara's pure, unaffected vocals wowed the listeners of the day. In 1981 the two joined forces and enjoyed immediate success with 'It's My Party', a worldwide hit which reached no. 1 in the UK and Germany. Since then the Stewart-Gaskin partnership has evolved into one of the UK's most respected, innovative and intelligent Pop acts, characterised by Barbara's heavenly vocals and Dave's complex, musically adventurous arrangements.
Dave & Barbara release their music on their own Broken Records label (distributed by Burning Shed) and perform live as a trio or quartet. Having enlisted the dynamic West Country guitarist Beren Matthews, the Stewart / Gaskin band performed successful Autumn 2018 headlining concerts in Tokyo and London, the latter also featuring master drummer Gavin Harrison (known for his work with Porcupine Tree, The Pineapple Thief and the current incarnation of King Crimson). Dave, Barbara and Beren returned to Tokyo for more gigs in November 2019 and will perform a major London concert at
Kings Place Hall One on July 31st 2021 (rescheduled from August 1st 2020).
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