Welsh singer/songwriter Simon Love just released his sophomore solo album, Sincerely, S. Love x (Tapete). You should buy it immediately. The foul-mouthed Love will also be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Just in case you aren’t yet aware of this former frontman for the Loves, he took the liberty of introducing himself to you, dear MAGNET reader. And remember, kids: Love is all around and all you need.
Love: My friend Paul Wright makes great mix CDs, and in 2001, he made me one of the Soft Boys (including their fantastic Underwater Moonlight LP). Ever since then, I’ve been a huge fan of whatever Robyn Hitchcock does. I asked Robyn via Twitter if he could adopt me and then we could roam the streets at night fighting crime. I think it confused him when I played a gig with him a few years ago. He taught me it was OK to ramble on onstage about whatever was in my head at any point—halfway through a song is fine—and that polka-dot or violent-patterned shirts are where it’s at. If you need a starting point for his solo work, I can recommend I Often Dream Of Trains, Eye, Respect or The Man Upstairs.
—photo for MAGNET by Christian Lantry