Inside Satie

Morgan Fisher

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Inside Satie Review

by Dean McFarlane

The absolutely bizarre career path of Morgan Fisher led him from '60s London pop group the Love Affair through deranged progressive rock during the early '70s in his own group, Morgan. Through the mid-'70s he was a member of glam stars Mott the Hoople and the Young Lions, and standing in with Queen was even on the agenda for the keyboardist. This is only the start of a tangent that would go through the punk wave (producing the Dead Kennedys no less) to settling in Japan and producing minimalist ambient music of almost cringe-worthy sweetness. Few other artists -- although Eno springs to mind -- have led such a diverse life in music, making it actually confusing to assess his work based upon past projects. With Inside Satie, Fisher is really pushing the line he has always walked between genius and bitterly poor taste, and this may be a trapping of an overworked musician seeking a spiritual value from music. A piano-derived electronic album that straddles the divide between minimalism and new age, Inside Satie will make fans of Fisher's excellent 1980 foray into the former genre, Slow Music, wonder what went on in the '80s to inspire such a turnaround of aesthetics.