torsdag 2 augusti 2012

>> Mysterious Nick Drake

When I heard Nick Drake [1948-1974] for the first time more than ten years ago, I heard something different and I actually thought that it was new music influenced by old times I was hearing, not a very young singer-song writer from the last hours of the 60´s and the very early minutes of the 70´s. I was immediately hooked by the dark beauty of his melodies and the tear in his voice. He failed to find a wide audience during his lifetime but his work has gradually achieved wider notice and recognition.

Drake suffered from depression and insomnia throughout his life and these topics were often reflected in his lyrics. On completion of his third album, 1972's Pink Moon, he escaped from both live performance and recording, retreating to his parents' home. There is no known footage of the adult Drake, he was only ever captured in still photographs and in home footage from his childhood.

On 25 November 1974, Drake died from an overdose of amitriptyline, a prescribed antidepressant; he was only 26 years old. Whether his death was an accident or suicide has never been resolved.

Drakes gravestone

Five Leaves Left [1969]
Bryter Layter [1970]
Pink Moon [1972]

My favourite tunes from Mr. Drake is Time Has Told Me from his début Fives Leaves Left from 1969 when he was only 21 years old and One Of These Things First from his second album Bryter Later, relased in 1970. Lets listen!

Time Has Told Me [1969]

One Of These Things First [1970]