Chemikal Underground founder, one of The Delgados' principal songwriters and crucial keystone of the label's 21-year 'journey', Alun Woodward is one of our most gifted - if somewhat hermetic - talents. Central to the label's formation in the mid-nineties and an indispensable ingredient of The Delgados' melodic stargazing with tracks like 'American Trilogy', 'Everything Goes Around The Water' and 'All You Need Is Hate', Alun's post-Delgados career could be defined as a protracted silence punctuated by phosphorescent flares of brilliance.
His contribution to 2007's Ballads of the Book was a typically elegaic interpretation of Alasdair Gray's 'A Sentimental Song' and he also added some seasoning to David Shrigley's 'Worried Noodles' album of the same year, debuting his artistic alter-ego Lord Cut Glass (a character in Dylan Thomas' 'Under Milk Wood').
'Lord Cut Glass' would go on to release his debut (and eponymous) solo album in 2009 and it was a kaleidoscopic gallop of waltzes, marches, promenades and profanity-dappled ballads. The musical invention which characterised his Delgado material shone just as brightly here, making it clear Alun's grasp on melody hadn't loosened one bit.
Seven years on and Lord Cut Glass has returned to clock-watching in Llareggub, while Alun has been working on a brilliant soundtrack to Battle Mountain: a gripping documentary about Scotland's maverick cyclist Graeme Obree...