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Sunday, 29 July 2018

I love Gideon Conn, and have seen him perform live a few times. With recent news of wildfires raging across Europe as well as in California this song came to mind. Gideon is often a very ‘literal’ artist: the songs often appear to be exactly as described on the tin.  Witness for example: The Man Who Drives Around Selling Fish, and Pylons and Wires.  On the other hand, Wildfire is not so literal. Released in 2007 (at the time of the global financial economic crash), it examines the role of money and debt and it’s impact on society and individuals. The video above provides a ‘nostalgic’ look-back at a middle-class family in a family crisis (presumably financial), with Conn as some kind of observer and participant. One wonders what the relationship is between him and the family. I’m not sure whether nostalgic is the correct word here, due to the unease that Conn generates in the song and that is captured so well in the video.

Gideon Conn’s art and music is available on his website, and you can follow him on Facebook.

Posted by bigblue on 29/07/2018 at 09:11 AM
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