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The Blue Nile is an alternative/pop band from Glasgow, Scotland, known for their perfectionist work ethic and long gaps between releases.

The music of The Blue Nile is built heavily on synthesizers and electronic instrumentation and percussion, although later works have featured acoustic guitar more prominently. Despite the “coldness” often associated with the use of such electronic instruments, The Blue Nile has managed to create music that is deeply emotional, and a lot of this has to do with the plaintive vocals of lead singer Paul Buchanan, whom critics have often compared to Peter Gabriel. The lyrics are often stream-of-consciousness descriptions of feelings and environments, which heighten the drama of the compositions, which are as much soundscapes as they are songs.

The band was formed when friends Buchanan and Paul Joseph Moore met Robert Bell shortly after graduating from the University of Glasgow in the late 1970s. Their debut album A Walk Across the Rooftops was the result of a request from the Linn Company to test a newly built recording studio!

The rare, later albums have been released by the scottish high end hifi company Linn and feature exceptional sound and production values.


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  • Bullinamingvase

    OMG! I have only just discovered The Blue Nile how the feck did I miss this truly wonderful music. Completely blown me away...........

    6 May 4:37pm Reply
  • sumliennie

    О, если бы на релакс.фм крутили такую музыку, я бы его слушал. Вся суть в атмосфере, которую эта музыка создает, и прозрачный, но насыщенный и теплый звук. Это не обязательно должно всем нравиться, но для тех, кому это по нраву, просто нет альтернативы. Вот, что в них особенного.

    20 Apr 5:46am Reply
  • NoeRickman

    14 Apr 9:51pm Reply
  • Rentusia

    не понимаю, что в них особенного..обычный саунд для реклакс.фм. - местами красиво, но в целом - очень нудно и однообразно.

    27 Feb 11:03pm Reply
  • seethenightsky

    Мне кажется местами их интеллигентный поп , иногда граничит с пост роком , это попом как то даже не поворачивается язык назвать ...

    13 Jan 10:43pm Reply
  • sumliennie

    И правда интересная группа, изысканная такая. На грани, еще чуть-чуть и их интеллигентный поп превратился бы в какой-нибудь пост-рок, вроде последних двух альбомов Talk Talk.

    9 Jan 5:55pm Reply
  • Amrabart

    does it get any more sophisticated than this?

    23 Nov 2014 Reply
  • th00ht

    Now that I've found peace at last

    10 Jun 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    интересная группа, изысканная такая

    14 May 2014 Reply
  • headey1p


    20 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Annieworld


    26 Oct 2013 Reply
  • wwwathlete

    Some of the most beautiful music I've heard in my life.

    15 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Sonicjr01

    Lets not use "underrated" ... how about overlooked.

    14 May 2013 Reply
  • dll32errorr

    Completely rated!

    22 Feb 2013 Reply
  • LaAtena

    Completely underrated!

    8 Feb 2013 Reply
  • yakkowarner

    I got a personal reply from Paul Buchanan on Twitter today ! Smashing...

    12 Jan 2013 Reply
  • yakkowarner

    Finally gave in and bought the Deluxe version of "Mid Air", I'm a double dipper!

    9 Jan 2013 Reply
  • yakkowarner

    first listen to remastered "A Walk across the Rooftops" - also sublime

    30 Dec 2012 Reply
  • yakkowarner

    first listen to remastered "Hats" - sublime

    25 Dec 2012 Reply
  • pulverkaffi

    Can't wait for the vinyl pressings of "Walk" and "Hats" in January!

    10 Dec 2012 Reply
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