All Done With Mirrors

All Done With Mirrors

A Le Grand Magistery Compilation

Le Grand Magistery

If we lived in Orwell’s 1984, and I needed to get some confessions from David Lee Beowulf but quick, this is what I’d use instead of rats in Room 101. Perhaps the best-known artist on Le Grand Magistery’s roster is Momus (and he’s not that well-known, sadly), but most of the music on the label, along with the guests invited for this compilation, keep in line with Momus’ intelligent and intimate style of British pop. Needless to say, listening to this album can feel like entering a time-warp to the mid-late ’80s, when soft alternative rockers like the Style Council and the Blow Monkeys… well, they didn’t rule the airwaves, but they certainly carved out their niche.

Notable on here are Momus’ live rendition of “The Homosexual” and Laila France’s “David Hamilton,” a paean to teenage soft porn that’s simultaneously disturbing and charming, highlighting France’s angelic voice, which sounds both older and younger than she probably is. Comet Gain and the Softies also put in good showings, though they’re not signed to the label. I’m sure fans of Momus (or any other band on Le Grand Magistery) will be entranced by anything and everything the label puts out, and will treasure this on their rainy days. Le Grand Magistery, P. O. Box 611, Bloomfield, MI 48303; magistery@aol.com

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Too Much and Never Enough
    Too Much and Never Enough

    One families indifference and abandonment gave America its greatest failure. Mary Trump explains how.

  • Summerland
    Summerland

    In rural England, a cranky woman bonds with and evacuee boy and uncovers a strange connection to her past.

  • Laurel & Hardy: The Definitive Restorations
    Laurel & Hardy: The Definitive Restorations

    These geniuses of early comedy finally get the presentation they are due in this Blu-ray edition.

  • Four-Letter Words
    Four-Letter Words

    No need to worry about offending delicate sensibilities with this playlist. We’re not talking about profanity, so just take the title at face value.

  • A Genesis In My Bed
    A Genesis In My Bed

    Former Genesis guitarist, Steve Hackett shares his life story in his story in an engaging and honest memoir. Reading his story feels like hanging out with a friend who’s interested in sharing how he felt living these experiences.

  • The Jayhawks
    The Jayhawks

    XOXO (Sham/Thirty Tigers). Review by Jeremy Glazier.

  • 18 to Party
    18 to Party

    When you’re in 8th grade, sneaking into a bar is way cooler than it is when you’re 40.

  • Adam
    Adam

    A pregnant woman finds a home in Casablanca.

  • 2020 on Fire
    2020 on Fire

    Sound Salvation takes on current events with a playlist addressing the current fight for racial and social justice in America and the battles playing out in the streets in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd.

  • Pokey Lafarge
    Pokey Lafarge

    Rock Bottom Rhapsody (New West Records). Review by Jeremy Glazier.

From the Archives