Magazine article Artforum International

Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard

Magazine article Artforum International

Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard

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IAIN FORSYTH AND JANE POLLARD ARE ARTISTS BASED IN LONDON. THEIR RECENT PROJECTS HAVE INCLUDED THE PERFORMANCE AND INSTALLATION SILENT SOUND FOR THE LIVERPOOL BIENNIAL 2006.

1 Jason Pierce, "Devil Town," performed at screening of The Devil and Daniel Johnston, The Barbican, London Deceptively slight when heard in the context of Daniel Johnston's album 1990, "Devil Town" was in Pierce's performance rolled into a version of Spiritualized's "Lord Let It Rain On Me," unearthing the song's fragile majesty.

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2 J. Tillman, "Jesse's Not a Steeper," from Documented: 2006 Tour EP (Keep Recordings) With few exceptions, we obsess about individual songs rather than entire albums. We came to Tillman via Damien Jurado and were so entranced by this vast country power ballad that we played nothing else for a month.

3 Nikki Sudden, "Green Shield Stamps," performed at 12 Bar Club, London A new song from Sudden's album The Truth Doesn't Matter. He performed it in public for the first time at what turned out to be his final UK show. An enduring presence in our lives, Nikki was without doubt the last bandit.

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4 Smog, "Rock Bottom Riser," from Rock Bottom Riser (Domino Records/Drag City Records) Our turntable was unusually folk-tinged this year. We stumbled onto this title track on a free cover-mounted CD, which led us to trawl through Bill Callahan's past eighteen years of recordings in just a few weeks.

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5 Richard Thompson, "Mingulay Boat Song," from Hal Wilner's Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, & Chanteys (Anti) A haunting sea song about the island of Mingulay in the Outer Hebrides, which has been uninhabited since 1912. …

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