Stephen Fretwell - New York (2004)
It's Tuesday and it's getting cold, I've scraped frost off the misses car the last few days and I've been back from Holidays for a fortnight and it feels like I haven't been away.....
Stephen Fretwell goes perfectly with this feeling, in particular a song from his debut album 'Magpie', an album that, from the very start makes you feel cold and wintry - it starts with a piano playing a single note which rings like a cold fog engulfing you and if you listen close enough you can hear the seagulls squawking.
As you can tell this is not going to be an upbeat album or something you'll listen before you go clubbing, but from the start to the end, Stephen Fretwell's debut holds you like a boxing day walk.
The 'singles' from the album are excellent - "Emily" & "Run" (which was featured in the BBC Sitcom Gavin & Stacey) - but my favourite is "New York". It's a song in which he sings (in his fantastic Northern accent) about giving everything up to move away to the "city that never sleeps". It makes you want to pack in your job, take a small bag of possessions and head off to a dream life - with the reality being ending up working in a bar, a point captured perfectly in this song.
So enjoy it, smile at his daydream and get the album - (I also recently visited his website I noticed that he'll be playing a tour in December) and join his loyal following of fans that include Arctic Monkeys singer Alex Turner who managed to convince him to play bass for the The Last Shadow Puppets.
"...leaving on a jet-plane, don't know, when I'm back again..."
Stephen Fretwell - New York
Try some more Tuesday Blues here....because Saturday is so far away!
TUESDAY BLUES! Stephen Fretwell - New York
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