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Q Magazine

May 2019

Q magazine is inventive, insightful and irreverent. It's the UK's biggest-selling music magazine and the world's best music guide. Our journalists get the interviews and exclusives that no other magazine can! Their expertise provides reviews you can rely on and trust. Q magazine's new entertainment section features EVERYTHING you need to know about music, films, DVDs, radios, books, games and gadgets... which, coupled with the famous Q Magazine Reviews, and you've got what amounts to the most essential music and entertainment guide there is.

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Why is there a photo of you smashing Reni’s drums on the editor’s letter, Ted? Oh no reason, other than pure self-indulgence. It’s a perk of being the editor, running pictures of yourself that nobody wants to see but makes you happy anyway. All those monthly magazine mastheads with the laughably huge head shots of the editor grinning smugly next to their letter, or sitting casually on the corner of their desk in their fabulous office. You know the kind. Well, I’m not immune to that kind of empty vanity, and this is my turn to shine. (Go to page 32 for the full story. And no, I didn’t pay a tenner to play them). But hey, enough about me. I want to use this space to talk about…

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mark hollis 1955 – 2019

“I love sound. And I love silence.” Mark Hollis, 1990. (MARTYN GOODACRE/GETTY) Mark Hollis’s career, if that’s not too crass a word, was defined by absence. First, the radical deployment of space and silence that made Talk Talk’s 1988 masterpiece Spirit Of Eden post-rock before the fact, and a life-changing experience for artists including Elbow, James Blake and Bon Iver. “I love sound,” he once said. “And I love silence. And in a way, I like silence more.” Then there was his refusal to tour it and finally, in 1998, his complete retirement from music. No comebacks, no interviews, nothing. There was also, contrary to his band’s name, an absence of words: reviewers often admitted that Talk Talk’s uncannily moving music defied description.Talk Talk began in 1981…

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“i just can’t do it any more.”

“I might have to suddenly dash off during this conversation,” warned Mark Hollis before he’d even removed his jacket.This caveat came as little surprise, as it had taken Q years to pin down the elusive songwriter and enigmatic composer. Hollis was hardly “in reception” when it came to promoting new product and the spiky visionary’s mistrust of the media was palpable.Reluctantly, after thorny negotiation, he had agreed to a meeting at Parlophone Records’ London office. He nodded hello like a bloke administering a headbutt.Hollis had recently completed Spirit Of Eden – his minimalist masterpiece – but was reluctant to discuss the ground-breaking work in any detail. Reluctant pop star: Talk Talk (from left, Lee Harris, Mark Hollis and Paul Webb) in 1984; (above) 1988’s Spirit Of Eden. He…

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mumford & sons’ highway code

“Our own festivals are like planning a wedding. This time it’s a bit more of a professional outlet. There should be less conversations about chemical toilets.” Marcus Mumford Mumford & Sons will bring their travelling roadshow Gentlemen Of The Road to London’s Victoria Park on Saturday, 1 June as part of this year’s All Points East festival. As well as headlining themselves, the band have hand-picked the line-up. “Normally we put on our own festivals so we really enjoyed partnering up with someone,” says Marcus Mumford. “We’re really specific about the people we want to play with, we spend a lot of time listening to new artists and writing down lists of names that we’d love to tour with, so it’s a dream getting to do it at an…

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hannah cohen

“My 20s were pretty horrible. I had to go through some heavy shit to arrive here, but I’m happy I did.” Hannah Cohen Sometimes you have to sift through an artist’s work looking for cryptic clues to unlock its hidden meaning. But the title of Hannah Cohen’s forthcoming new album, Welcome Home, couldn’t be more literal. It’s a snowy Monday lunchtime and Cohen is sat in the house in Upstate New York she and her partner Sam Owen, aka producer/singer Sam Evian, moved into during the record’s completion. “I’ve been obsessively unpacking boxes for the last few months – it sucks having to touch everything you own,” she laughs. “Here I feel I have purpose and I’m in a space I want to be… finally.”It’s a feeling that runs…

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on the stereo

“Wicker Man uneasiness”: Aldous Harding unsettles in style. JENNY LEWISRED BULL & HENNESSYThe former Rilo Kiley singer takes the Stevie Nicks approach to a break-up with this Rumours-style folk-rock track. Over a driving beat, Lewis reaches for a cocktail and delivers one of her hookiest melodies yet. Out: now, on Warners.LOYLE CARNERYOU DON’T KNOWThe South London rapper’s new album elegantly pivots between nu-soul ballads and featherweight grooves. He ups the ante on You Don’t Know, his vocal urgency working hard to keep up with a punchy retro beat. Out: now, on AMF Records. HAYDEN THORPEDIVINERIndie-rock lost one of its most distinctive voices when Wild Beasts split up. But Hayden Thorpe’s fruity falsetto returns on this solo debut, adding a bit of drama to a minimalist piano backdrop…