Magazine article New Internationalist

[Wyatt, Robert. EPs]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[Wyatt, Robert. EPs]

Article excerpt

Attempting to sum up Robert Wyatt's contribution to pop is a difficult job. Not to suggest that the man's career is anyway over - this covetously nice boxed set of five EPs disproves any such thing. Wyatt, a singer and writer who came to prominence in the 1960s with the British band Soft Machine, developed a career which combined artistry with an unswerving passion for social justice. This is reflected in many of the pieces collected here and while Wyatt has always been outspoken in his Marxist sympathies he has never been doctrinaire.

This collection takes as its starting point the end of the Softies in 1971 and traces a trajectory up to the present day with selections from last year's album Shleep plus various remixes. Most of the material is available elsewhere on Wyatt's numerous releases, but the beauty of EPs is in its size. These 'extended plays' - each one less than an album, but more than a single - offer a format that allows for a short, concentrated exploration around a thematic grouping. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.