"No! I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be;
Am an attendant lord, one that will do.
To swell a progress, start a scene or two..."
The completeness of a work of art renders the small details with incredible importance. To some, it's the parts which linger in the background, almost unseen, which have the most meaning.
It seems to be themes such as these which underline a new compilation from theQuietus. Pairing up with Arts Council England, upcoming release 'Minor Characters' finds East India Youth, Forest Swords and more contributing new music themed around lesser figures in classic texts.
East India Youth, for example, is inspired by Lucy, from 'Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas', while Forest Swords plumbs for Miss Lonelyheart from 'Rear Window'.
Here's theQuietus editor John Doran to explain more:
"People have been singing stories about characters since year dot. I have always loved tunes that take me on a journey through some sort of narrative. At the same time I've always been fascinated by eccentrics and those on the periphery. The sort of people who inhabit John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row, or a Tom Waits number. I'm not saying it's some original break- through, I just wanted to kind of expand on it a little and see where it took people."
Set to be available as a free download via BandCamp, 'Minor Characters' was created with assistance from Arts Council England's Chris Bye.
1. East India Youth – 'Terminally Jangled' (Lucy from Fear And Loathing)
2. English Heretic – 'Lavinia Whateley' (Lavinia Whateley from The Dunwich Horror)
3. Luke Abbott – 'Fantasy Wurlitzer' (Organ Morgan from Under Milk Wood)
4. Ten Mouth Electron – 'Lux Mundi' (de Selby from The Third Policeman)
5. Forest Swords – 'Miss Lonely Heart' (Miss Lonelyheart from Rear Window)
6. The Lone Taxidermist – 'Marion' (Marion from Wings Of Desire)