Reclusive but undeniably brilliant Scottish pop trio, The Blue Nile, came together in the early 80s with three University of Glasgow graduates. They issued their first single, I Love This Life, via their own Peppermint Records label, glowing reviews for its emotive, if understated genius attracted the attention of RSO Records. Unfortunately the label folded soon afterwards, and the trio retreated to their studio and were commissioned by the stereo manufacturer Linn to write a song to showcase their equipment. Delighted with the results Linn offered to form a label to release a full album by the band. The resultant set, A Walk Across The Rooftops, emerged in 1984 to glowing reviews for it's sophisticated blend of synthesizer pop, and Paul Buchanan's emotive vocal delivery. The follow-up, Hats, finally emerged five years later and was hailed as a masterpiece for its bruised, late-night tone poems. The band carried on working at their own, glacial pace issuing one album apiece in the 90s and 00s, placing greater emphasis on acoustic guitar without compromising their trademark lush atmospherics. Unbelievable quality, not quantity.
Followers: Annie Lennox, Brian Kennedy, American Music Club, Red House Painters, The National
Influenced By: Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, Scott Walker, Talk Talk, Steely Dan...