With David Bowie known almost as well for his love of his literature as his creative output, principle curator of the ‘David Bowie Is’ exhibition, Geoffrey Marsh, felt it was important to release a list of the Starman’s 100 favourite books as part of underlying tributary aspect of the collection.
Dropping in at number 18 was Peter Ackroyd’s ‘Hawksmoor’, a book chronicling, in part, the life of 18th-century church architect, Nicholas Dyer. Asked in one scene about his motives to design churches and cathedrals, Dyer replies: “architecture aims at eternity”, an interesting insight into the purpose of art and an artist’s desire to create something so interesting that it inspires conversations far longer than the artist is alive.
By the title of their recent single, it may transpire that the Carl Stacey Project also think about art in the same way as Nicholas Dyer; the intention of their music being to last forever by asking interesting questions of anyone who listens to their work.
Whereas past work from the progressive-rock outfit has included lyrics often openly challenging in its content, this time the collective has decided to release an instrumental; an interesting technique for any rock outfit and certainly one which opens the track up for listener interpretation.
Driven by revolt and revolution, this is a piece of work which, perhaps not architecturally, but certainly sonically, aims to be asking questions for years. Great stuff.
You can now watch the video to ‘Cathedrals of Glass’ on YouTube and the single can also be purchased on iTunes.