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Dali's Car: In Glad Aloneness

Poignant swansong from late, great bassist Mick Karn.

Best known as the enterprising fretless bassist of pioneering art-rock band Japan, Mick Karn formed the post-punk experimental unit Dali’s Car with Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy. Their lone album, The Waking Hour was released in 1984, with a cover based on Maxfield Parrish’s painting Daybreak, uncannily similar to that used by The Moody Blues for The Present two years earlier.

Sadly, Karn died of cancer last year, but his final work was, at Murphy’s behest, a reuniting of the project from which comes this five-track EP.

In Glad Aloneness is a fitting tribute to a great talent. Murphy’s Bowie-esque croon and Karn’s faultless bass lines are augmented by appearances from Fripp/Crimson alumni Theo Travis and Jakko Jacsyzk, and Japan’s own Steve Jansen. The album quietly builds through King Cloud and Artemis Rise to the ethnic bombast of Subhanallah, before a markedly poignant take on Brel’s If You Go Away – Karn’s favourite song – draws things to an emotional close.

Planned as a full album, this was tragically curtailed by Karn’s illness, which only emphasises how sad a loss the bassist’s passing was to the music world.

Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.