Marshall's House (February 2004)
5.5 / 10
This album was inspired by an Edward Hopper calendar given to John Squire as a Christmas gift in 2002.
2. Hotel Room
3. Marshall's House
4. Lighthouse & Buildings, Portland Head, Cape Elizabeth, Maine
5. Cape Cod Morning
6. People In The Sun
7. Tables For Ladies
9. Yawl Riding A Swell
10. Room In Brooklyn
Released December 2003:
Marshall's House (North Country Records, Promo CD)
Summertime / Room In Brooklyn / Automat / Lighthouse And Buildings (North Country Records, 4 Track Sampler CD)
Released 28th January 2004:
Marshall's House (North Country Records, TFCK-87345, Japanese CD)
Released 9th February 2004:
Marshall's House (North Country Records, NCCD003, CD)
Marshall's House (North Country Records, NCLP003, LP)
UK chart details: Did not chart in Top 40.
The Marshall's House artwork is from 'Swimming Through The Holes In Dead American Painters' (2003), oil on canvas, 30" x 72"
Top left: 'Swimming Through The Holes In Dead American Painters' (oil on canvas, 30" x 72", 2003), from the Manchester exhibition, May 2004. The two photos beside this are Marshall's House promotional shots.
Second row (left): Marshall's House CD front cover, the design of which takes inspiration from Blue Note Records, an American label releasing work by Jazz artists since the 1950s. Recorded in a spurt of 12 days at Bryn Derwen in Wales, the album was originally going to be entitled 'Swimming Through The Holes In Dead American Painters' (a lyric from Lighthouse & Buildings, Portland Head, Cape Elizabeth, Maine and the title of the cover artwork), but it was decided that this was too much of a mouthful. 'Swimming Through The Holes In Dead American Painters' is influenced both by Gary Hume (1962 - ) (see, for example, 'Purple Pauline') and the 'Blue Nude' series by Henri Matisse (1869 - 1954). Second row (right) shows 'Blue Nude II' (1952) by Matisse.
Third row: Squire's artwork from the Marshall's House era draws inspiration from contemporary artists such as Fiona Rae (1963 - ) and Julian Opie (1958 - ). 'Swimming Through the Holes in Dead American Painters', 'Marshall's House' and 'Marshall's House (Study)' (all from 2003), 'SU4', 'SU5', and 'SU6c' (all from 2004), like the works of Hume and Opie, are vast outlined, figurative canvases. Compare Squire's 'SU5' (2004) (third row, left) and Hume's 'Water Painting', from 1999 (third row, right). On the bottom row, compare Squire's 'Mother' (2005) (bottom left) and Rae's 'Friction Dance' (1997) (bottom right).
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