By Christmas 1969, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel were tired. Tired of touring, tired of filming a TV special, tired of the grind that recording Bridge Over Troubled Water had become, but mostly, they were tired of each other. Simon felt the partnership was over. So, he did what anyone does after a breakup; he took time out to reassess.
Triggering an emotion may be easier with a melody than rhythm, according to brothers Mike Sandison and Marcus Eoin of Boards of Canada, but the faded patina of melancholy saturating the pair’s 1998 debut studio album Music Has The Right To Children, is as apparent in its tempo as its theme.
Fusing neo-jazz with folk and rock, Joni Mitchell’s sixth studio album – Court and Spark – deftly weaves a sonic tapestry whose lyrical tenor plays counterpoint and asks the listener to weigh the costs of emotional commitment against the benefits of casual relationships.