From The Desk Of Young Marble Giants’ Stuart Moxham: The Past In The Present

Few indie artists have influenced as many musicians as Stuart Moxham has in his career. Whether as a member of Young Marble Giants, the G!st or solo, the Cardiff, Wales, native has produced one of the most distinctive catalogs of the past 30 years. His latest release, Personal Best (hABIT), is a 20-track compilation of solo material from 1981 to the present. Moxham and the other members of YMG have performed together again recently, and many longtime fanatics are hoping the group finally records a follow-up to 1980’s Colossal Youth, its sole album. Personal Best, however, proves that Moxham has turned out plenty of worthy music on his own. Moxham will be guest editing all week. Read our Q&A with him.

Moxham: We live on the infinitesimal interface between the reality of the past and the abstraction of the future; so arguably, the past is all we have because the present and the future don’t exist. I love the comfort of the continuity of the past (the more distant the better) and, therefore, all evidence of it. I saw an 18th century milepost for central London on a blighted roundabout near Heathrow the other day: still accurate.

Video after the jump.