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The Blue Nile were known for their restrained arrangements, but on his own Paul Buchanan strips his sound down further. Engineered by Cameron Malcolm (son of Blue Nile producer Calum Malcolm), Mid Air was largely recorded at Buchanan’s flat. It was conceived not as an album, but as a process where Buchanan aimed to write songs for a still-unmade solo album by Shirley Manson of Garbage. This un-self-conscious way of writing and recording ensured the songs were piano-based tone poems. The orchestration of the album’s lone instrumental, “Fin de Siecle,” expands on the subtlety. Just as a film by Ingmar Bergman or Robert Bresson excels in austerity, Buchanan’s Mid Air represents the bittersweet emotions that swirl together on a cold but steady winter’s night. Perhaps not surprisingly, this album was inspired, in part, by the death of a close friend. These songs embrace the beauty of living with the pragmatism that lets people soldier forward. The deluxe edition adds instrumental versions and previously unreleased bonus tracks: “Have You Ever Been Lonely” and “God Is Laughing.”


Born: April 16, 1956 in Edinburgh, Scotland

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Considering the lengthy amount of time between the Blue Nile's first three albums, the work ethic of frontman Paul Buchanan (vocals, guitar) is often questioned. However, Buchanan's work with the Blue Nile has always been critically praised, no matter how long it took to hear them. Buchanan was born on April 16, 1956, in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 1980, Buchanan formed the Blue Nile, named after Alan Moorehead's 1962 book, with fellow Glasgow University graduates Robert Bell (bass) and Paul Joseph Moore...
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