Sunday, 11 August 2013

TRACKS OF THE WEEK - 11/08/13 - Drenge, Sea Wolf, Bob Dylan, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobious Pip

Four tracks that made us want to high five a stranger......

London Scouser:-
Dan Le Sac vs Scroobious Pip - 'Stunner' (2013)

Ok so I featured a track by Scroobius Pip a few weeks back..... Rules ??? There ain't no rules when it comes to decent music. This is the first new release from the Essex boys in 3 years and its from their eagerly awaited (by me fo sho) 3rd album 'Repent, Replenish, Repeat' which is out later this year. Its got a grimy,dark sound to it and I loved it on first hearing. The lyrics "The world don't revolve around you but it probably should, ain't saying you're perfect but you're really, really good" are brilliant. And if I was the romantic type I'd dedicate then to a certain Ms Hunter.  

Old Pa's Corner:-
Bob Dylan - Pretty Saro(2013)

Do you recognise that voice?, yes it is Bob Dylan himself singing a track from his new Official Bootleg Series, Vol 10. Another Self Portrait.

The first Self Portrait from 1970 is the first and only Dylan album I never bought on its release. It was a few year later I bought it and found it to be pretty good in parts and would have been a good single album. I have grown to love some of the country and Western influenced tracks.

This new album from the 1969-1972 period is usually recognised as Dylan's  barren  period and would seem a strange choice of material to release. I don't think so! what I have heard so far is fabulous, there are many stripped down outtakes from New Morning which sound even better than the original album.

Can't wait until the full album released at the end of the month. This tastster is brilliant, who says Bob can't sing. I bet I could get this one passed Old Ma's ears and she hates Bob's voice. 

'If I was a poet and could write a fine hand'

Sea Wolf - Old Friend (2013)
You must checkout the latest release by Alex Brown Church's, Sea Wolf.  Old Friend's simple drum machine beat, fingerpicking acoustic guitar and vocal melody is very hypnotising.  The video features the frontman "traipsing all over southern California" as the "song is partially about reconciling with the past while looking toward the future and was inspired by my return to living in California full-time".  Perfect listening under the stars. 

Drenge - 'Backwaters' (2013)

Last week on the Smiths Appreciation Society we had Merchandise who sounded more Smiths than the Smiths. This week we have Drenge who sound like the Smiths if they were hairier and wore more leather. Well at least I think so, there are shades of Morrissey's melodic tones in there. I've only recently come across the Sheffield brothers and Frankly, Mr Shankly, I like what I've heard so far (sorry). Drenge, who incidentally are not particularly hirsute, release their self titled album later this month and if you like this check out their forthcoming single 'Face Like a Skull'.
Peruse Drenge's website here.

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TRACKS OF THE WEEK - 11/08/13 - Drenge, Sea Wolf, Bob Dylan, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobious Pip
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11 August 2013 at 17:06

LS - dont know what to think about this, a bit noisy and squeaky...helo darkness my old friend!
SFW - That a little bit calmer...pleasant..I've come to talk with you again
FC - yes there is a hint of Mr M there...I quite like this....because a vision softly creeping
SH - Left its seed while I was sleeping

11 August 2013 at 17:55

Drenge. I heard this a couple of weeks ago and didn't like it at all, but curiously it seems to be growing on me a bit! I'll give it another go later!

Sea Wolf. Very nice.

Bob Dylan. This lad could go far, you mark my words! Bring on the Bootleg Series.

Dan Le Sac vs Scroobious Pip. Absolutely fantastic. ''re just a sheep in a wolf in sheep's
clothing's clothing...' has got to be the lyric of the year! Bitter, twisted and dark - love it!

11 August 2013 at 22:35

I'm really excited by the new Bootleg Series. Once again, it seems that Bob's real intentions may have been true to his genius. 'Pretty Saro' is, frankly, stunning.

13 August 2013 at 11:57

LS, Scroobius Pip kicking science! This is my track of the week fo sho, absolutely brilliant with some great lines about relationships and ting. I wore my heart on my sleeve and you stole my f****** shirt!

Old Pa, wow I didn't expect that at all. This cat can sing.

Sfw, not bad at all, I like the sentiment. Wish it wasn't so cloudy all the time.