CHRIS MERRICK HUGHES

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Eirenic Life

He­lium

You may not recog­nise the name, but Chris Merrick Hughes’s back cat­a­logue pre­cedes him. A mem­ber of Adam & The Ants be­fore co-writ­ing Tears For Fears’s Every­body Wants To Rule

The World and pro­duc­ing a-lis­ters in­clud­ing Paul McCart­ney, Peter Gabriel and Robert Plant, he’s har­boured a love for min­i­mal­ist mu­sic ever since his fa­ther took him to a Steve Re­ich per­for­mance as a teenager. Eirenic Life – his first solo work for 23 years – is very much in that vein. Hughes says he wanted to pro­duce some­thing “small and sim­ple”, and so his del­i­cate piano play­ing – repet­i­tive, un­pre­dictable and melod­i­cally rich – is ac­com­pa­nied by noth­ing but oc­ca­sional hints of elec­tron­ics or field record­ing. In an age of per­ma­nent con­nec­tiv­ity, its very seren­ity feels like a rev­o­lu­tion­ary state­ment. En­joyed in the right con­text, it’s a rev­e­la­tory ex­pe­ri­ence. he­li­um­records.co.uk

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