Friday night beauty: Tony Banks, “Black down”

After Genesis went on hiatus,  keyboardist and main songwriter Tony Banks composed and recorded an album of neoclassical pieces for orchestra called “Seven“. Most of the pieces sound like John Barry soundtracks and do not stand up well to repeated listening. One piece, however, stands head and shoulders above the rest: the “Black down” (named after a hill near Tony’s house). (Not surprisingly, it is also the least contrived of the lot, being basically a orchestral transcription of an improvisation by Tony on string synthesizers.)

The piece, in its elegiac beauty, also happens to capture my mood these days very well.


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