Mid AirAlbum | Paul Buchanan By Stewart Mason
Ruminative solo debut of The Blue Nile's mouthpiece.
A quiet eight years after the barely remarked-upon dissolution of Glasgow cult heroes The Blue Nile, Paul Buchanan makes his solo debut. Even by the exquisitely minimalist standards of his former trio, Mid Air is bracingly sparse, at times even stark. Featuring little more than Buchanan's quiet, impressionistic piano chords and his warm, burnished vocals, Mid Air creates a mood of intimacy so complete that the 14 brief songs blend into each other to create a single 36-minute rumination on love, loss and hope. (The belated American release adds a second disc, mostly instrumentals and alternate takes.) An ideal headphone album, Mid Air transforms any situation from a crowded subway car to a cup of tea at the kitchen table into a moment of restorative solitude.