Edinburgh folk will know how wonderful a musician Rob St John is. For many years we were lucky enough to call him our own. At the end of last year he moved off to Oxford to continue University but if we are really lucky Edinburgh will have more Rob St John shows, and soon. I do believe an album might be in the pipeline, but in the meantime he was kind enough to get involved in this project and record the title track from Sparklehorse’s 2001 record ‘It’s A Wonderful Life.’ This record is probably my favourite Sparklehorse record, though it’s a toss up between this and ‘Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot’. Anyways, Rob kindly took the time to explain the thinking behind his submission:
“Sparklehorse were a band that seeped slowly into my life. In 2006 I was living in a rambling, ramshackle old flat on Forest Rd in Edinburgh, with (amongst a rotating cast) Rob Waters – who plays as The Great Bear, and subsequently harmonium in my band. His copy of “It’s a Wonderful Life” was a regular player in the kitchen: a dense, dark, cryptic but uplifting soundtrack to my terrible cookery. We went to see them play at The Liquid Rooms around this time, leaving inspired by the washes of crackling electronics, found sounds and indecipherably beautiful orchestration. I recorded a version of the title track of this LP quite hurridly and with no production gloss (my recording skills scarcely stretch past the RECORD button), changing chords and harmonies a little. Thanks to Euan for putting together this project and supporting of a worthy cause – I hope you enjoy the track.”
So yeah, if you’ve never checked out the music of Rob St John then do so here. If you want to download his version of ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ then do so here. Please remember that all money received from downloads will be given to Depression Alliance UK. You may not think that it’s a lot to contribute just £1. However, if everyone were to buy at least one of the tracks from this project then it would make Depression Alliance UK a whole lot of money which would be used to help tackle this serious illness. Please help. You can download Rob’s and all the other tracks so far here. Enjoy.