Darren Harvey

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Like many men of his age and persuasion, Darren's earliest years were soundtracked by the electropop of the Pet Shop Boys, Erasure and Depeche Mode; and he maintains a passion for all things bleepy to this day. His teenage years were spent studiously avoiding the grubby inelegancies of baggy and grunge, obsessing instead over squeaky-clean oddballs like Talking Heads, Kraftwerk and Devo. Through fair weather and foul, his greatest musical love is The Fall. Although the quality of their recent output makes this position largely untenable, he's in for the long haul. The highlight of this masochistic odyssey may or may not have been holding a very confusing conversation with Mark E Smith next to - and about - a portable air conditioning unit. Inexorably drawn to curmudgeonly old gits, he patches up any lulls in the quality of current releases by defaulting back to the grumpy comforts of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave and Steely Dan. And Scott Walker: anyone who uses meat as a percussion instrument and sings about punching donkeys on the streets of Galway deserves to be taken very seriously indeed, he believes. Thankfully, though, he finds there's quite a lot to be excited about right now. Current squeezes include These New Puritans, Foals, Joanna Newsom, and the miraculous recent renaissance of Sparks. In his remaining spare time, Darren makes stained glass windows, and is waiting for Chartres cathedral to have a re-think and commission one of his funny designs.
Darren Harvey

Articles by Darren Harvey

The Fall – Your Future Our Clutter (Album Reviews)
Joanna Newsom – Have One On Me (Album Reviews)
The Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt: “It’s relatively transparent. My mother can listen to it without reaching for her earplugs” – Interview (Music Interviews)
Shearwater – The Golden Archipelago (Album Reviews)
Yeasayer – Odd Blood (Album Reviews)
Tindersticks – Falling Down A Mountain (Album Reviews)
The Hidden Cameras – Origin: Orphan (Album Reviews)
Kurt Vile – Childish Prodigy (Album Reviews)
Muse – The Resistance (Album Reviews)
Thomas Dybdahl – Thomas Dybdahl (Album Reviews)
Tori Amos: “I see it as a sort of sonic seduction” – Interview (Music Interviews)
Patrick Wolf: “People need an escape” – Interview (Music Interviews)
Various – Kitsuné Maison 7 (Album Reviews)
Festival Preview: Latitude 2009 (Previews)
Tori Amos @ Savoy Theatre, London (Live Music + Gig Reviews)
Devo @ Forum, London (Live Music + Gig Reviews)
Fischerspooner – Entertainment (Album Reviews)
Micachu + Thecocknbullkid + Alessi’s Ark @ ICA, London (Live Music + Gig Reviews)
Bob Dylan – Together Through Life (Album Reviews)
St Vincent @ Hoxton Square Bar + Kitchen, London (Live Music + Gig Reviews)
Simon Bookish + Deathray Trebuchet @ Vortex, London (Live Music + Gig Reviews)