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The Blue Nile

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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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  • headey1p

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    20 Feb 1:13pm Reply
  • Annieworld

    Perfection

    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
  • mynameisalive

    Really poor reissues BTW. Nothing new, just rerecorded crappy versions of good bootlegs that any Blue Nile fan would already have. This band stopped caring about the music, quality of output around the gap between Hats and Peace at Last. A real shame.

    8 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Berrieworld

    'A Walk Across The Rooftops' & 'Hats' have been re-released. An ideal opportunity to (re)discover these gems from the 80s!

    28 Nov 2012 Reply
  • PabloRH

    vaporwave approved

    3 Nov 2012 Reply
  • dramatist

    so lovely

    26 Oct 2012 Reply
  • poor-de-chirico

    "The Blue Nile sound more like being in love than being in love does."

    3 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Akayz7

    maybe it's just me... but this should really just have been Paul Buchanan's solo career.

    30 Sep 2012 Reply
  • abfdrumz

    2:35 into "Soon" is a chord transition that, look, can we just bronze them or something?

    28 Jul 2012 Reply
  • uterina

    OMG!

    26 Jul 2012 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    My band of the moment after all these years have discovered them now.

    16 Jul 2012 Reply
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