Plus that voice! David Bowie may have retired as recent reports suggest, but even his earliest music continues to resonate with younger musicians, as is evident on Freeclouds, the debut solo album from Carter Tanton.
Its title along with several of the tracks reference Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud, Bowie's ode to loneliness and disassociation that was originally on the B-side of Space Oddity. It's clear that Mr. Tanton is a mighty fine singer, possessing a voice that the Chris Martins of this world would give up their uniforms for.
No need for histrionics or show stopping tricks, just a reliance on the beauty of its unique tone. His voice alone is reason enough to investigate this record, released on the ever reliable Western Vinyl label.
Factor in the strength of the song-writing and it would be foolish not to check it out. Over the course of ten songs, Tanton displays his knack for writing tender tunes and lyrics in differing while maintaining his own high standards throughout; from anthemic indie Murderous Joy, Horrorscope , spacey electronica Fake Pretend and nu-folk Gauze Of Song, Nylon , through to wistful country Saturday.
Reflective without being maudlin, it's timing couldn't be better for anyone wanting to escape forced Christmas cheer for a little wintry introspection. Ambitious state of the nation address from Seattle's long serving ambient roots rockers. For their 15 th studio album and their first since 's Acetylene , Seattle's Walkabouts have come up with a loosely based song cycle or concept album concerning a semi-mythical place, The Dustlands.
It doesn't take a genius to work out and by the press release's own admission what they're really talking about is their own country, the good ol' US of A. Of course it's long been a theme of many an American artist's work to try and capture the essence of this fascinating and young country. The Cubical - It Ain't Human. Don't be a square! Check out the 2 nd album of raw but literate swamp-psych blues from these fast-rising Liverpudlians.
And graduated with honours. It matters not whether this is an affectation, after all such stylised singing was probably an affectation for for Beef and Wolf too. What matters is how it's used and whether you have something to say, which fortunately for us, Wilson does, covering wide range of emotions and topics.
From the blurred boundaries of friendship and romantic love on Are We Just Lovers, to advancements in mechanical engineering on Three Drop Jameson Mechanism. No, I don't know what it is either. A brilliant version! A few years ago I discovered the music of Nick Drake and for a while I listened to little else. I was fascinated by the arrangements of these meandering, melancholic masterpieces and the fact that he never saw commercial success in his tragically short lifetime he died in aged I finished the song, recorded a demo and forgot about it for a couple of years.
She loved it and agreed to record her version at the very next recording session. You can compare the two versions here below the lyrics. It has all the things I like from a pop record- riffs, humour, melody, vocal harmonies, wit, sarcasm, light and shade.
Here is a track from the album…. It took much longer to dismantle and reassemble the instrument than it did to mic it up and record but was well worth the effort. Jon Barker does some fine harpsichord type keyboard work on it but I knew I had to find a French horn player.
Via the magic of Facebook I was put in touch with Neil Mitchell , a classical orchestral player who was more than happy to be involved as this was to be his first solo on a recording. We worked together on the arrangement and his playing is majestic. It gives the song a melancholic yet uplifting quality which no other instrument could have achieved. Always a pleasure to work with Mr L and I love his playing on these tracks. Of course Bruce Brand , Nick Rice , Mole , Marty Ratcliffe Suzi Chunk and myself contributed a fair amount to the project too but more about that and other stuff later.
Thanks to all involved. Everyone involved was totally committed to the project from start to finish and there is no way I could have done it without you. It's not an album that sits within a genre or is easy to define but it is both musically superb and full of surprises.
Attention to detail is always a key theme with Groovy Uncle, and this album really does demand a 'proper' listen with decent headphones because there is one hell of a lot going on. The songs are multi-layered and intricate with luxuriously full harmonies and of course, the mighty set of lungs belonging to Suzi Chunk. I'm told that the story songs are inspired in part by the recollections of Glenn's parents and his skills as a storyteller as well as a tunesmith are much in evidence here.
The lyrics are quirky and witty, the musicianship superb and the tunes catchy in the extreme. This is certainly an album that will bear repeated listening, and, as if that wasn't enough, the first hundred copies come with a colouring sheet and a balloon.
Ten out of ten and a gold star. I caught up with Groovy Uncle main-man Glenn Prangnell to get the low-down on the new album Is there any concept behind the title and the album? I recorded an interview with them for posterity and got them talking about their childhood and our family life. They were born just before the outbreak of the Second World War and recalled the day war broke out.
They also reminisced about how the milkman did his round on a horse and cart and their schooldays etc. G: During the chat with my parents they began talking about their time at Infant school. There was a teacher called Mrs Neat who used to address the class while standing by an open fire, hitching up the back of her skirt to warm her arse!
So I took these characters and mixed them up with some memories of my own schooldays and applied fictional stories to people who had actually lived.
She married a bloke who most of the family including me never met even though they lived nearby. By the way, I was born in the house in the background! Easy Listening G: Music has always been a big part of family life on both sides. My Mum had three brothers who all had good singing voices and my Dad played piano and piano accordion.
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