Esperi (aka Chris Lee-Marr)

Originally published on Panic Dots.

EsperiI recently had the great pleasure of interviewing Chris Lee-Marr, the man behind Esperi. I only became aware of him when his last single came out at Christmas, the gorgeous and poignant Made For Life, which was accompanied by a b-side called “Snowman” – the accompanying video to which lodged a lump permanently in my throat. The man has a talent for making beautiful music without being sappy or maudlin, with lyrics that make you mourn your childhood and yearn for a simpler time.

Esperi’s latest release was the instrumental single, My Tear Dissolved The View. The song was effective enough without watching the video that accompanied it, but combined with the video – floodgates. The press release that came packaged with the promo compares it to some of Richard D. James’ (that’s Aphex Twin to you and me – who, I would like to clarify once and for all, is just one person) lo-fi creations. They’re not wrong.

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Phil Nichol: Comedian

Originally published on Panic Dots.

This weekend the country gathers together to celebrate a Royal Wedding, but while your Grandma gets smashed on Pimms under the bunting, all the real people will be flocking to Camden on the 30th May to watch The Comedy Crawl. We’ve managed to wangle our way on to the press list for the festival, so we’ll be spending the weekend sashaying from venue to venue, pint in one hand, pen in the other, to bring you highlights from some of the world’s top comedians.

Until then, we’ve been hassling some of our favourite comics until they agreed to let us interview them for the site. First up is Canadian funny man, Phil Nichol, 2006 winner of the If.com Eddie award, respected theatrical actor and former member of musical comedy trio, Corky And The Juice Pigs. I managed to catch Phil on the phone a few weeks ago (after he’d just suffered the indignity of a bank cashier queue), and gently quizzed him.

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