John Cunningham takes us back to the turn of the century

John Cunningham 1998-2002 is a compilation of two of his albums: Homeless House (2002) and Happy-go-unlucky (2002), plus an extra track from the sessions for the latter. It is a digital only release on One Little Indian records and comes out on 19th July 2010

John Cunningham is British and lives and works in the North of England. Cunningham’s elegant brand of pop music owes a certain debt to smooth pre-rock classic pop of the Cole Porter school, mixed with a touch of Bacharach, Wilson, McCartney, and Costello. Unlike those artists, however, Cunningham infuses his music with an almost Nick Drake-like acoustic vibe that suits his delicate yet melodic compositions beautifully. (This John Cunningham is, of course, not to be confused with the Scottish fiddle player who was a member of Silly Wizard and other folk groups.)

Cunningham dropped out of sight for nearly five years after 1994's Bringing in the Blue, finally reappearing in late 1998 with the sublime Homeless House. A sweetly melodic and gentle album with an even more stripped-down sound than his two previous albums, Homeless House sounds at times like a more upbeat version of Drake’s Bryter Layter.

After the release of Homeless House, Cunningham began collaborating with Mehdi Zannad of the French pop group Fugu. Cunningham mixed Fugu’s debut, 2000’s Fugu1, and Zannad wrote the orchestral arrangements for a track on Cunningham’s follow-up to Homeless House, Happy –go-unlucky released in 2002. Cunningham is currently working on a new album, which will hopefully see the light of day in our lifetime.

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