Thursday, 25 October 2018
Its a holy relic.
Its a great track, Years And Years making it all seem so easy at this point. Creating music that resonates on different levels. Ollys voice continues to mature as does his mastery of lyrics. Realistically playfull and emotional at the same time. He makes me feel like a hand made man learning to appreciate emotions.
The world of Palo Santo reminds me of the world of David Bowie's Diamond Dogs. I know they are musically worlds apart as are the decades the respective music was created in, yet I find myself loving both for almost the same reasons. Olly alexander is like the young David Bowie in so many ways. He is a multi talented performer, he sings and writes and plays his own music, he acts and moves like a professional dancer, with the amorphous ability of the self taught.
He is a bright light shining in a dark old world.
Wednesday, 24 October 2018
I remember when he drew the Peter Capaldi cover for the same publication (Wow, that seems so long ago.) We had no idea of the many chilling tales ahead for his Doctor and the stellar changes to come. I still think Jodie Whitaker looked great running about in the tattered Capaldi ensemble and I have no doubt her own choice will grow on me in time. It fits where her personality is coming from and that after all is the best possible start.
Tuesday, 16 October 2018
Anyway, there she was at Christmas, oh yes, Christmas night last seen falling from an exploding Tardis, clutching desperately, trying in vain to close the distance between herself and the thing she loves and needs. Hows she going to get out off that one! We now know she did not, crashing through the roof of a stalled train, presumably protected from going splat by the residual energy of her recent regeneration. fortunately she landed on a sheffield bound train and not on the Belfast to Dublin line. Or perhaps not so fortunate, I have no doubt she would have found herself in a tricky situation of some sort, just not one involving alien tech. Probably.
She hit the ground running did Our Jodie (And doesn't that feel natural already). Only born and already trying to save innocents from a fate worse than Casualty. It was a strange story to kick off with, a predator inspired hunt I suppose, with an alien entity that felt more like a creature from Torchwood than Doctor Who. Although they do occupy and share the same continuity, just a human tooth clad creature..ugh. She was fortunate enough to find great company straight off the bat to share her adventure, both in the industrial underbelly of the city and the green open spaces overlooking it. A great juxstaposition both visually and in terms of telling the story. One being part of the other.
No Tardis yet, no Unit to check out the alien incursion, no sentient puddles...I think at least two of those things are sure to reappear at some point. I really liked seeing this new incarnation running about in the tattered remains of her previous incarnation. I had hoped the ramshackle but well equipped workshop she built her new Sonic in was going to be her regular workshop. Goggles and torch in gloved hand she looked every inch the cyberpunk inventor.I love the idea of The Doctor building magical things out of junk. It so speaks to the heart of why I love this show so much. And with everything else going on it might have been easy to overlook, or not quite hear, the amazing new soundtrack provided by Segun Akinola. He had such huge shoes to fill who would have blamed him from shying away. He did not though and we were rewarded with an atmospheric soundscape that really held its own with the bold new visual direction.
Nine more weeks off this..
Its enough to make one believe in magic.