Paul Buchanan - Mid Air
Poor solo effort from the former Blue Nile member
Written as a kind of pop requiem for a late friend, Mid Air is, quite fittingly, something of a musical flatline; a cycle of 14 barely-there doodles for voice and piano with all the punch and urgency of a ghost falling asleep. Virtually nothing remains of Buchanan’s former group The Blue Nile, beyond a few trademark lyrical chestnuts involving starlight, weddings and snow. The remainder is a school-jotter full of sadness, set to backings that sound like a Grade IV player learning ‘Chopsticks’. The listener is invited to admire the tasteful, wracked restraint of it all, but just ends up praying for something as worthwhile as the title track. Eight years in the making, Mid Air makes you experience each moment of it afresh.