Nick Drake & Ian Curtis: The Musketeers of Mope

[veering away from fringe artists for a moment…] There are some strange intersections between Nick Drake and Ian Curtis. In my mind, they are theĀ  musketeers of mope. The musicians whose decent into depression, madness, and melancholia are fossilized for all to see in their recordings. Their work slowly developed into the desperation, isolation, misery, and arguable insanity that are so commonly associated with their names. Curtis and Drake committed suicide, and their dissatisfaction with life lingers in their music. Lyrically, Drake and Curtis share similar themes, yet very different motifs. Drake was known for his apt usage of natural […]

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