Chequerboard’s Ornithopter collage on old vinyl record jacket
Last Thursday we were joined on the indie hour by Chequerboard, also known as John Lambert. We spoke about his record Penny Black which was released in February on Lazybird Records.
Although I had mentally drilled myself before the show to not call the album Penny Lane, that was of course one of the first things I said in the interview. Not a good start so. We recovered fairly quickly though, and myself and John had a relaxed chat on a rainy night which lent itself well to the tracks from Penny Black that we heard on the show.
We listened to Toy Winds, Ornithopter and Konichiwa and John told us about the accompanying themes to the album, about his music fellowship in the Model Arts & Niland Gallery in Sligo, and about the stunning artwork connected to the tracks which can be viewed on his website.
The album itself has received glowing reviews already, and I’ll add to those by saying that one of the best things about this record is its subtlety. At first listen, it may not grab every listener, because its charm is of the understated kind, and it takes a few listens for the full complexity of John’s work to take hold of you. It’s a record to be listened to on your own, and should be allowed some time to get under your skin. Once you’ve done that, I think you’ll find that you have a record to return to over and over again. You can buy it through Road Record’s excellent website here.
We started this show with Jape’s Floating (probably the 8 millionth time I’ve played that song over the last four years but it really is one of my favourite songs of all time), nialler9 recommended the xxxChange remix of Santogold’s Les Artistes, and we finished off with The Hare from The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock who are releasing their debut album on the 6th of May.
And so, with apologies for the delay in posting, here is the mp3 of our chat with Chequerboard. I hope you enjoy it.