Everything is Recorded - Mercury prize nomination by Richard Russell
Starting at a cellular level this album, Everything is Recorded, is a cerebral creation by record producer, Richard Russell, who worked with Sampha and Owen Pallett on the title song. Russell's debut album, yes that's right, it's his first album at the young age of 47, charts the history of the world in photography. Russell has put his years of recording to good use, especially using the video to make very simple lyrics and melody come to life in a similar vein, but not quite, to the Art Rock band Public Service Broadcasting who brought us White Star Liner and Every Valley, the history of the fall and decline of mining in South Wales.
We are taken through whistle stop tour of images to excite our thinking from the source of creation, and destruction through images of the way things are built and destroyed and rebuilt. It is a story of continual entropy, disorder to decay, abstract and reality, war and peace, analogue and digital, perfect and imperfect, natural and man-made creations and disasters.
Of course, it's the chocolate voice of Sampha that makes this album especially amazing, so much so it has been nominated for a Mercury Prize at the 2018 ceremony to be held on September 20th. Along with other artists, including Damon Albarn and Giggs, the album is nominated alongside others from Lily Allen, Wolf Alice and Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds.
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