Walker relieves us of some of our existential load; it’s OK to feel worthless now and then, he tells us. Walker’s deft melodies and direct, sophisticated lyrics are hallmarks of his songwriting. Always surprising, Walker takes us on journeys that are at once entirely personal and universal. The Death of Socrates, another cut from his new album – nylon – is, on one level, a song about the last few minutes of the philosopher Socrates’ life, right before he drinks down the poison.
But it is so much more; while Socrates evidently felt no anguish at the prospect of his death, calling for the poison earlier than the allotted time, “I’m in no rush” Walker wryly reflects “got some things I’d like to do before I’m belly up.” (His interest in things philosophical comes as little surprise when one learns that Walker has published a book of practical philosophy – LIFE! Why We Exist… And What We Must Do to Survive.) Walker draws from many styles and genres; nylon is cut from coherent sonic cloth but one hears the influences of British and American folk, alternative rock, classical piano and film noir. Walker now lives in New York having left his home country of England, and he can be found playing in the city’s downtown clubs on a regular basis. Although New York is his physical home, musically, whichever way he heads next, one can anticipate that he will take a new direction. In Walker’s words again: “So I moved myself out / left a suitcase / in which neatly I folded / my mortal remains.” 2.
Martin Walker based in Cornall, UK, whose web site is: www.yewtreemagic.co.uk Martin Walker has been composing music for over 40 years, and played with various groups of musicians before concentrating on his own albums of instrumental music, which has been described in reviews as ‘a breath of fresh air’, and ‘like a slowly turning musical kaleidoscope’. It is peaceful, mysterious, and deeply spiritual, and straddles genres including Ambient, Chill-out, Downtempo, New Age, Contemporary Instrumental, Neo-classical, and Music for Meditation. He practices Meditation, Reiki, and Tai Chi, writes for various music technology magazines, and contributes regular columns for Sound On Sound in the UK and Audio Technology in Australia, as well as many features and reviews. He also created chip tunes for the Commodore 64 during the 80s, his compositions including Armalyte, Ninja Spirit and Citadel. Read more on Last.fm.
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