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#49197 - 04/15/18 03:43 AM What's next for John?
Steve Roby Offline
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Registered: 12/29/06
Loc: Ottawa, Canada
Seems like it's been a few years since we had some all-new material. There have always been rumours of various projects being in the works (like whatever was being done with the Smoke Fairies, etc), but lately we've had a couple of guest appearances on the Belbury Circle album and an upcoming Metamatic reissue and not a lot more.

So... has John effectively retired, or might we still see new Ghost Harmonic or Maths or solo material?

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#49198 - 04/16/18 11:46 AM Re: What's next for John? [Re: Steve Roby]
Herbert the turbot Offline
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Registered: 12/27/06
Loc: Barnsley
Well John turns 70 this year, so he’s certainly earned the right to retire! Even if he never releases another original song, I think we can all be happy with the body of work he’s produced to date. John’s albums may never have been the biggest sellers but in terms of innovation, originality and versatility, I can think of few other artists that come anywhere near him.

I think we have to be realistic now; John can afford to be selective in what projects he chooses to take on and also of course what he chooses to release. I’m sure he’ll carry on making music, even if it’s just for his own pleasure, but I can understand that releasing new material, having to go out and promote it and maybe even tour, may be unlikely at his time of life.

Of course I would be delighted to be proved wrong, but I reckon the occasional guest vocal on other artists’ albums and newly “repurposed” deluxe re-releases of old albums every couple of years are what we’re most likely to get!

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#49199 - 04/16/18 05:30 PM Re: What's next for John? [Re: Herbert the turbot]
Your Shadow Offline
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Registered: 05/26/07
Loc: Liverpool, UK
Indeed, John could retire tomorrow and be proud of an excellent body of work that he's produced.

I doubt he's hung up his hat just yet. I'm sure we will see further projects of one kind or another.

From a purely selfish viewpoint I would love John to release a 'rock' album in the style of 'The Golden Section' and 'The Garden' with old cohort Robin Simon on board. Wishful thinking I know.

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#49200 - 04/16/18 11:23 PM Re: What's next for John? [Re: Your Shadow]
Steve Roby Offline
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Registered: 12/29/06
Loc: Ottawa, Canada
I could go for something with Robin Simon, too. Closest we've had to something like The Garden in recent years would be European Splendour and Empty Avenues. Coincidentally, I enjoyed those more than the Maths stuff, not that I didn't like that.

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#49201 - 04/18/18 10:30 AM Re: What's next for John? [Re: Steve Roby]
Your Shadow Offline
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Registered: 05/26/07
Loc: Liverpool, UK
Yes they were good releases Steve.

I do love John's 'electronic' stuff which is his bread and butter but something a bit more of a meeting of rock and synths would make a welcome change for me. I listened to The Garden again last night. Such a brilliant and exciting album for me.

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