Music Review http://culturecatch.com/music en Winning From the Heart http://culturecatch.com/node/3721 <span>Winning From the Heart</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/user/460" lang="" about="/user/460" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Robert Cochrane</a></span> <span>June 20, 2018 - 10:00</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="http://culturecatch.com/node/3721" data-a2a-title="Winning From the Heart"><a class="a2a_button_whatsapp"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/music" hreflang="en">Music Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/441" hreflang="en">music</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/413" hreflang="en">music review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/442" hreflang="en">Tim Arnold</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1bqJGZJkb0E?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>Tim Arnold: <em>I Am For You</em> (TA Records)</p> <p>Something is happening for Tim Arnold and it isn't being bought by a huge publicity budget from a major label. He's been there done that and lost the t-shirt. An honest, simple and slowly developing vibe is catching the public's imagination via word of mouth and the sheer strength and beauty of his songs, and of one song in particular. Poverty always has been a mistress to invention and a good idea isn't reliant on cash. His latest album, a melodic sampler of emotion, longing and frustration, betrays a maturing talent that has finally arrived with a wonderful bottle of sparkling distillation to pour into the ears of the unsuspecting. Varied and sensual this is a record that won't disappoint. Integrity cannot be faked and here it shines through and effortlessly beguiles.</p> <p>Proceedings begin with a wonderful piece of taped personal history. The eleven-year old Tim is being interviewed by his mother, the actress Polly Perkins, about writing and what drives him to be creative. That it has survived for over thirty years is astonishing but it is a perfect prelude and a prediction from the past of what he would do in a future here and now that has arrived. Touchingly called "Mother's Intuition," it flows easily into the gospel tinged "Love Will Not Hurt" a searing anthem with spiritual tinges. "Anybody's Guess" is a perfect Soho 60's postcard that begs, borrows and steals from the Zombies. The Small Faces and The Beatles to emerge strongly as itself. Harmonic and up-lifting the song stays in the mind. The title track "I Am for You" is a power ballad which kicks off with the thought "If time doesn't heal, don't think, only feel" -- a sage-like sentiment that isn't always the advice one wants in a situation of emotional crisis even if it is true. Dramatic, swirling and honest with a mantra like catchiness, impressive is a word that aptly explains its power. "Crying Colours" has the ache of uplifting lamentation that mirrors the bedsitter maladies of Cat Stevens and Al Stewart "I'm crying colours / turning tears to light" is spiritual, visual and just beautiful in the saddest of ways.</p> <p>"365 Days Of Love" appears as an infectious perfectly laconic scene changer, just what is required before melancholy takes over the mood entirely, possessed with a psych pop sensibility and echoes of Paul McCartney in its deceptive lightness of touch. "Won't Fall For You" reveals a piano and guitar moodiness, the kind of song Coldplay often ruin with a mundane set of lyrics. A perfect promise of a longing lover's intentions it swirls and swoons and grows into a mini epic. "I Know By Heart" reminds me of the aching ballads of Tom McRae, a sparkling little gem that is all too swiftly over, whilst "Paris" borrows the conceit of Peter Sarstedt's "Where Do You Go To My Lovely" without the monotony. It lists all the best things that the city of art and romance promises but bows out with the line "It's what you take to Paris with you." Sometimes honesty can be clever without being smart.</p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-or_TSm8IEQ?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>"Change" is the piano under-pinned treasure of mood and refinement somewhere towards the end. Think Jobriath's "Inside" or the laments of Bill Fay. "The hardest goodbye I'll ever say is the one that will kill you if you walk away..." and you know Arnold means what he sings because he has lived it. The video is a stark piece of dramatic artistry. Simply the face of the legendary dancer and performance artist Lindsay Kemp portraying the words of the song in stark monochrome it is the most haunting, beautiful and profound piece of subdued eloquence. Brave and true with an unsettling element oozing from each and every frame, it isn't by any imagination's stretch a piece of standard pop fare. "Love Locked" has an upwards stride to its rock tinged drive, a radio friendly tune that should win friends and influence people and echoes the pained introspection of Jeff Buckley, a punch of need and desire with the knowing wink and confidence of a crowd pleaser.</p> <p>With "What Love Would Want" Tom Arnold reveals that he has kept the best 'til the last and that simplicity defeats complexity. It has a slow and certain, almost hidden rage that is rooted in frustration, passion and confusion:</p> <blockquote> <p>"From my door the barriers you see I never saw.</p> <p> In my mind you talk about a problem I can't find."</p> </blockquote> <p> A sheer hymn of modernity and acceptance the song that has taken on a life of its own as a project of projection and poise. Couples turn up at events to be photographed becoming a backdrop to the song's evolution. Stephen Fry and his husband appear fleetingly in the song's video. There is no barrier to the couplings, they are simply paired and in love, and of all ages. The lyrics "He is for she. She is for he, He is for he. She is for she." raises from a slow angry growl to a pained yelp for impassioned understanding. Arnold finds the world that nurtured him is under threat and he doesn't quite understand the hatred and the fear. He was raised by his mother in her same-sex relationship and her world gifted along to her son was inclusive, moral but non-judgemental on something as fundamental as sexual orientation.</p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/c7goTsUIx6M?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>And at the end we return to the beginning. Tim Arnold has finally answered his mother's gently probing questions about his burgeoning creativity with assurance and grace. You can't ask for more, but more is yet to come because he has stumbled upon a Pandora's Box that reaches the heart of anyone in touch with theirs, and has the songs to reach beyond his initial spark of creation to help him along the way. A song won't change the world but it will sweeten the experience of those that stop and take the time to listen. - <em>Rob Cochrane</em></p> <p><em>Mr. Cochrane is a Manchester-based poet, musician and writer. His new project </em>The James Lyons Poetry Project<em> will be released in August 2018.</em></p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3721&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="Uqu3S3grnc6QaneAgOd5RgjPHRs94f_sQTggQABl8B0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Wed, 20 Jun 2018 14:00:00 +0000 Robert Cochrane 3721 at http://culturecatch.com A Simplicity Sublime http://culturecatch.com/node/3720 <span>A Simplicity Sublime</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/user/460" lang="" about="/user/460" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Robert Cochrane</a></span> <span>June 19, 2018 - 10:00</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="http://culturecatch.com/node/3720" data-a2a-title="A Simplicity Sublime"><a class="a2a_button_whatsapp"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/music" hreflang="en">Music Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/441" hreflang="en">music</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/413" hreflang="en">music review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><figure role="group" class="embedded-entity"><article><img alt="Thumbnail" class="img-responsive" height="800" src="/sites/default/files/styles/width_1200/public/2018/2018-06/voss-kaye-kemp.jpg?itok=bsO1zEn9" title="voss-kaye-kemp.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" width="1200" /></article><figcaption>Photo credit: Giulia Zonza</figcaption></figure><p><em>What Love Would Want</em></p> <p>Lindsay Kemp, Tim Arnold &amp; Andy Fallon</p> <p>The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, UK</p> <p>17th June 2017</p> <p>Subtitled "A Private View" on the ticket <em>What Love Would Want</em> is a majestic creation, a perfect collision of artfulness and honesty. Spread over the entire day and based upon a song of that name by Tim Arnold it is a project that has a universal directness that only requires people in love. In the afternoon they arrive to be photographed by Andy Fallon whose shots have a profound intimacy, and filmed by Tim for inclusion in a new video specific to the Manchester participants. There is no gender specific requirements, and in many cases when facing their respective partners tears are shed. From humble origins it has grown and mutated into major events in London and Toronto, and now Manchester. It will continue to evolve because it is a limitless, endless task, a project that could take root and flourish anywhere. There is a 1960's optimism to its ethos, but it isn't mawkish or twee. Its roots are what makes us tick, get up in the morning and cross continents for that basic need for, and to see another person. The portraits speak of that great intangible emotion and tenderly exposes the subjects and their needs.</p> <p>The work of the afternoon over, the evening begins with Tim Arnold singing his song. A man alone on a huge stage with touching epic ballad with the most non-judgemental simplicity. "He for She. She for He? He for He? She for She?" and on the screen behind him the portraits of the day flash by. He then performs it again but this time with pianist Emmanuel Vass whose technique lifts and swirls with refined classicism, as the Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus elevate the proceedings to near monumental pathos. It is all being recorded and filmed so a second take is required but by this point the audience is transfixed and transported and are only too glad to have a third hearing.</p> <p>Then comes the fourth rendition and this is where a touch of genius arrives and soars in expressive grace in the form of the performance artist and dancer, and early mentor of David Bowie and Kate Bush, Lindsay Kemp. Resplendent in all white costume and face make-up he resembles a Kabuki androgyne with outstretched elongated arms he glides and smoothly contorts becoming the sentiment implicit in the song. As the lights change he is a golden figure of a gracefulness divine, an astonishing feat for an eighty year old and the nearest thing to exquisite I have witnessed in a long while. All too soon the song has ended and Kemp dissolves into the darkness and a moment of pure magic has flown.</p> <figure role="group" class="embedded-entity"><article><img alt="Thumbnail" class="img-responsive" height="800" src="/sites/default/files/styles/width_1200/public/2018/2018-06/steve-kemp.jpg?itok=DrKomIyY" title="steve-kemp.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" width="1200" /></article><figcaption>Photo credit: Steve Iggulden</figcaption></figure><p>Afterwards there is a "Question and Answer" session. Kemp is a walking anecdotal treasure trove. From performing <em>Salome</em> bedecked in toilet roll as there was a shortage of veils at his boarding school, a caper that nearly saw him expelled, or doing his cabaret routine half a century ago between bouts at a wrestling match in Manchester he could do an <em>Evening With</em> no problem. His right eye-brow should really have it's own Equity Card as it raises above a symphony of glances and pursed pouts. Tim Arnold speaks movingly about being brought up by his lesbian mothers and about wanting to sing <a href="https://youtu.be/c7goTsUIx6M">"What Love Would Want"</a> at the Chechen border, a country that has gulags for gay people, before he is advised by the actor Stephen Fry that such an act will likely see him shot on sight.</p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/c7goTsUIx6M?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>And so it ends with huge bunches of flowers for the participants, but these are immediately dwarfed by an enormous bouquet, a mini hedgerow of blooms that is presented to Lindsay Kemp who is momentarily startled. They are from his former pupil and collaborator Kate Bush. He does a brief mime of delight. A perfect ending, and one that couldn't be scripted in a night that briefly gives us hope about ourselves and the power of love. As soon as I step through the doors of the Bridgewater Hall I am immediately accosted by a homeless man and the bubble almost burst as it sometimes does. I gave him my change and he was full of thanks, so the love of the evening crept into the night for someone who hadn't been there, but required just a little of its continuing love. -<em> Rob Cochrane</em></p> <p><em>Mr. Cochrane is a Manchester-based poet, musician and writer. His new project </em>The James Lyons Poetry Project<em> will be released in August 2018.</em></p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3720&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="lzSAFRP80BR254oR3_R7FdwS9ntZr3L5WGQVzExAsZw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 19 Jun 2018 14:00:00 +0000 Robert Cochrane 3720 at http://culturecatch.com Bare Trees & Second Chances http://culturecatch.com/node/3717 <span>Bare Trees &amp; Second Chances</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/user/460" lang="" about="/user/460" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Robert Cochrane</a></span> <span>June 18, 2018 - 10:00</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="http://culturecatch.com/node/3717" data-a2a-title="Bare Trees &amp; Second Chances"><a class="a2a_button_whatsapp"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/music" hreflang="en">Music Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/426" hreflang="en">Danny Kirwin</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/144" hreflang="en">obituary</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/427" hreflang="en">Fleetwood Mac</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/fSJrGxH9Ni8?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>Fleetwood Mac founder, Peter Green first saw Brixton-born Danny Kirwan at the age of seventeen playing with his band Boilerhouse, and invited him to join him as an expressly talented teenager. Early on he composed "Jig-Saw Puzzle Blues" the B-side of the world-wide smash "Albatross" to which Kirwan can be heard adeptly contributing his delicate licks to. When a burnt out Green left in 1970 it was Kirwan and fellow band member Jeremy Spencer who steered the group into a more acoustic, less bluesy field, setting the tone for their later phenomenal success. They'd formed a healthy collaborative partnership whilst working on Spencer's solo album</p> <p><em>Kiln House </em>(1970), <em>Future Games </em>(1971), and <em>Bare Trees</em> (1972) remain stunning achievements from a period of transition and turmoil. Kirwan wrote half of the songs on that trio of million selling albums but alcohol got the better of the young guitarist, and a possible acid trip misadventure in Munich with Green may have also played a part in the destruction of his tenure with the group. He was fired mid-tour in in the US in 1972. Kirwan and Bob Welch had never been compatible as members of the same outfit, but when Kirwan refused to take the stage and smashed his Les Paul to pieces, heckling the others from the wings, Mick Fleetwood effectively fired him in what he saw as a virtual act of mercy to his troubled friend.</p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1Jkp34jMeEw?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>Back in London, and after a period of reflection, Kirwan emerged again via a new recording deal with DJM Records who released his first solo outing <em>Second Chapter</em> -- a beautiful and mellow affair with echoes of Nick Drake and Paul McCartney -- to favorable reviews in 1974. His refusal to tour limited the possibility of wider success, and this impeded the next album <em>Late Night In San Juan</em> a less accomplished effort a few years later. His cover version of the Beatles' "Let It Be" was given a reggae twist and though released as a single in the States, despite airplay didn't chart. His third and final album <em>Hello There Big Boy</em> was a tortured and tortuous affair. Kirwan looked haunted on the cover shots and the music was overblown and worse still utterly uninspiring. </p> <p>Over seventy musicians were involved in its making, and the affair has been described by its producer Clifford Davies as "so bad." Reportedly Kirwan had recorded his efforts with his back turned on his collaborators. Then came the decades of a musical silence that he never broke, the years of the homelessness, mental health issues, and alcoholism. He was a regular user of St. Mungo's Hostel in Central London, but although he was reported to have a guitar in his room, encounters with him reported a disheveled and largely reclusive presence.</p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/B0mUNqlYvYk?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>Danny Kirwan was inducted into the Rock Hall Of Fame in 1998. Needless to say he did not attend but was aware of the honor. The year 2000 saw the release of <em>Ram Jam City</em> a stylish and reflective collection of demos from the time of <em>Second Chapter</em> and that album appeared on CD in Germany and Japan, as have his other two solo outings. His story is the perfectly imperfect rock and roll fable. He was an anthem for a doomed youth, a poster boy of mellow wistfulness with an angelic face and talent to burn. </p> <p>Huge success, incredible and dextrous ability and then forty years of silence. He married briefly and fathered a son. No cause of death has been given, but like Bowie sang in "The Man Who Sold The World" the creative spark of Daniel David Kirwan "died a long, long time ago." -<em> Rob Cochrane</em></p> <p><em>Mr. Cochrane is a Manchester-based poet, musician and writer. His new project </em>The James Lyons Poetry Project<em> will be released in August 2018.</em></p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3717&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="ae-LFYe4dyiMlb64vBZYNrPJe0cJWeHgmbkWLgHpgdw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:00:00 +0000 Robert Cochrane 3717 at http://culturecatch.com Single of the Week: "Softball" http://culturecatch.com/node/3704 <span>Single of the Week: &quot;Softball&quot;</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dusty-wright" lang="" about="/users/dusty-wright" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dusty Wright</a></span> <span>June 9, 2018 - 10:00</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="http://culturecatch.com/node/3704" data-a2a-title="Single of the Week: &quot;Softball&quot;"><a class="a2a_button_whatsapp"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/music" hreflang="en">Music Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/162" hreflang="en">Caroline Spence</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/163" hreflang="en">Softball</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/164" hreflang="en">Spades &amp; Roses</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/127" hreflang="en">music video</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/w5EqxrWTEyI?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>Some songs need to be heard... repeatedly, and by many people. And most often those songs stand the test of time. Great hooks, clever lyric twist, sing-along chorus, etc. I'd never heard of the Americana-leaning, singer-songwriter Caroline Spence until my friend Marty suggested I give her video for the song "Softball" a look-see. The song and the video are fantastic. Earworm time, for sure. And you may recognize a few celebs in her video, too. From her 2017 album <em>Spades &amp; Roses</em>. peace, Dusty</p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3704&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="tJStvSak_G7KHZFDiiS_xVIiWsQEtvGzHpxyDZUz8IU"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Sat, 09 Jun 2018 14:00:00 +0000 Dusty Wright 3704 at http://culturecatch.com A Decade's Promise http://culturecatch.com/node/3705 <span>A Decade&#039;s Promise</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/user/460" lang="" about="/user/460" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Robert Cochrane</a></span> <span>June 6, 2018 - 01:00</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="http://culturecatch.com/node/3705" data-a2a-title="A Decade&#039;s Promise"><a class="a2a_button_whatsapp"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/music" hreflang="en">Music Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/207" hreflang="en">Clay Hips</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/208" hreflang="en">Happily Ever After</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/209" hreflang="en">Annika Records</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/210" hreflang="en">Rob Cochrane</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/211" hreflang="en">Tony Visconti</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xA8YllIjzdc?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>Clay Hips: <em>Happily Ever After</em> (Annika Records)</p> <p>Some albums just beg to be made. They can wait like people stranded at a station in the rain, and then eventually spark into being as they hear the rumble in the distance like a promise. Such a beautiful realisation comes in the shape of Clay Hips' long anticipated release <em>Happily Ever After</em>. Ten years in the planning and ten days in the making, it betrays none of the limitations of its origins. Literally songs recorded at home, it has an eloquence and grace that suggests a dalliance with, and surplus amount of, time. The delay is the consequence of the members living in separate cities, but the songs are moody, eloquent and shimmer like freshly discovered pearls. The references are strangely English, a baroque dandyism, a collection of assured tunes, melancholy but utterly up-lifting, they are perfectly executed. It simply doesn't feel like a debut album. It has a much greater energy and poise.</p> <p>Kenji Kitahama and Andrew Leavitt are exiles from their native San Francisco. They left a myriad of beautiful releases as <em>The Fairway</em> and ended up one in Dublin. the other in Ausburg, but despite a few appearances via compilations on Matinee Records, they seemed destined to be a frustratingly elusive promise. It was only when the Barcelona-based label Akinna suggested that they produce an album that <em>Happily Ever After</em> transpired. It is a sublime affair that kicks into life with the jaunty whisperish "I Won't Say." Kenji possesses a voice that nuances  Art Garfunkel at his most precise. Mannered without ever sounding precious he has the ability to weave himself into the texture of a song, and then soar beyond the limitations of its form.</p> <p>"Failure" has a breeziness that is at odds with its title. His exquisite delivery echoes the uncanny effortlessness of Colin Blunstone. It is an elegantly crafted song that shimmers like light on still water and is as unhurried as it is assured. "Disappointed" which features Beth Arzy on backing vocals threatens to skip into a pastoral dance routine. Again the vocals have an ethereal yet grounded phrasing, the sort of feat Frazier Chorus regularly achieved but seldom got the credit for. There is a Kevin Ayers influence presiding over "The Mayfair Hotel," a country-ish curiosity of that might saunter into a David Lynch movie on account of a Chris Isaak melancholia and swagger. "Someone Who Wanders" has an almost Scritti Politti jauntiness in its phrasing and vibe. A perfect piece of sunshine drenched pop that infects the brain and doesn't leave.</p> <p>"The Bridge - A Song for Ausburg" is the mesmerizing jewel at the heart of the proceedings. Psych-laced, chamber drenched baroque, it sways effortlessly but has so many subtle twists and turns it leaves this listener in a state of utter awe. Think the Left Bank in cahoots with Duncan Browne in his Immediate label years, and you are only a third of the way there. It echoes Clifford T Ward circa "Mantlepieces" with all the ethereal longing that he so eloquently expressed. "Empty" reveals a beautifully perverse collision between aspects of a traditional Irish lament and a Parisian ballad. The vocal rivals the whispered eloquence achieved by Nick Drake, a rare feat, but modestly and effortlessly expressed.</p> <p>"I Can't Say It's Love" is pure Act Fuseli, a forgotten English Off-shoot of Shelleyan Orphan whose haunting "Solange" was produced by Tony Visconti. This is a pure co-incidence as Clay Hips have never heard of them, but then precious few have. The song has an effortless confidence and stride to its favour and is strangely English despite neither being recorded there or created by natives of that soil. "Gone Too Fast" suggests The Zombies at their baroque best and is the aptly entitled closer, drowning in melancholy and perfectly realized, it leaves one wishing for more.</p> <p><em>Happily Ever After</em> is as perfectly realized as it is named. It will reward the listener because it is simply a labour of love that shows an myriad of influences realized into freshly vital statements of intent. Lyrically and musically something to cherish and adore it is proof perfect that these fleeting polaroids of perfection deserve as wide an airing as possible. It is a record that cannot fail to please. Such affairs are rare, which is precisely why it took a decade to arrive. - <em>Rob Cochrane</em></p> <p><i>Mr. Cochrane is a poet and writer living in Manchester, England. His work has appeared in </i>Mojo<i>, </i>Attitude<i>, and </i>Dazed &amp; Confused<i>. He has published numerous collections of poems and </i>Gone Tomorrow<i>.</i></p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3705&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="Sokp_hx216zEa58kr_H7n6SeW485p6jBr-b0blCxh4s"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Wed, 06 Jun 2018 05:00:00 +0000 Robert Cochrane 3705 at http://culturecatch.com Reissue of the Week: U2 http://culturecatch.com/music/album-of-the-week-U2-s <span>Reissue of the Week: U2</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dusty-wright" lang="" about="/users/dusty-wright" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dusty Wright</a></span> <span>May 2, 2018 - 11:00</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="http://culturecatch.com/music/album-of-the-week-U2-s" data-a2a-title="Reissue of the Week: U2"><a class="a2a_button_whatsapp"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/music" hreflang="en">Music Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/90" hreflang="en">U2</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/91" hreflang="en">All That You Can&#039;t Leave Behind</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/92" hreflang="en">album of the week</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/93" hreflang="en">album review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/94" hreflang="en">rock</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/19KstSgU-c0?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>U2 <em>All That You Can't Leave Behind</em> (Interscope, 180 Gram Vinyl Remaster)</p> <p>Some fans and most critics were quick dismiss U2 in 2000 feeling that they'd lost their rock 'n' roll mojo after the techno-dance-fueled albums <em>Pop</em>! and <em>Zooropa</em>. And it's easy to see why after their hugely successful seventh album <em>Achtung Bab</em>y (1991) -- an album many feel is the best in their storied career. So it was no surprise that the Irish rockers would engage the services of the midas producers Eno and Daniel Lanois to steer the ship of their next album <em>All That You Can't Leave Behind</em>. A classic U2 rock 'n' roll record with many a hit; it's no fluke that it won 7 Grammys, too.</p> <!--break--> <p><em>All That You Can't Leave Behind</em> sounds wonderful on this new remastered vinyl release and offers a chance for new listeners to discover one of U2's better albums. Reuninting with Eno and Daniel Lanois was a saavy move to assure that U2 "rock sound" was back. Their sonic details have always help craft their chart singles. That formula worked extremely well on the the robust singles from this album including "Beautiful Day," "Elevation," "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out," and "Walk On." It's just a solid album top to bottom with plenty of concert staples and fan favorites. Pick it up on vinyl today and bask in the warm healing glow of the "U2 sound." - <em>Dusty Wright</em></p> <p><i>Mr. Wright is a content creator and cultural curator. He is a former contributor to the </i>Huffington Post<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dusty-wright/" target="_blank">,</a><em> DJ at David Lynch's Transcendental Music Radio, the former editor of</em> Creem<i style="font-size: 12px;"> </i><em>and Prince's</em> New Power Generation <em>magazines as well as a writer of films, fiction, and television. He's also a singer-songwriter who has released six solo albums and one with folk-rock quartet GIANTfingers. And before all of this he was a William Morris agent.</em><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://ad.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/show?id=g1UnrUS5W4M&amp;bids=124192.10000242&amp;type=4&amp;subid=0" width="1" /></p> </div> <section> </section> Wed, 02 May 2018 15:00:27 +0000 Dusty Wright 3698 at http://culturecatch.com Single of the Week: "Cities" http://culturecatch.com/music/single-week-kristoffer-bolander-cities <span>Single of the Week: &quot;Cities&quot;</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dusty-wright" lang="" about="/users/dusty-wright" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dusty Wright</a></span> <span>April 10, 2018 - 02:30</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="http://culturecatch.com/music/single-week-kristoffer-bolander-cities" data-a2a-title="Single of the Week: &quot;Cities&quot;"><a class="a2a_button_whatsapp"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/music" hreflang="en">Music Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/122" hreflang="en">Kristoffer Bolander</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/123" hreflang="en">Cities</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/124" hreflang="en">What Never Was Will Always Be</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/8KgO7pSmpGM?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <blockquote> <p><em>"I dream of cities, empty cities..."</em></p> </blockquote> <p>Some songs are immediate while other songs require repeated listens before they sink in. Not so with Swedish singer-songwriter Kristoffer Bolander's new folk-rock pop single "Cities" off of his latest long player released by the Hamburg-based label Tapete. It is immediate and infectious. Produced by Daniel Johansson, this must-listen first single is from Mr. Bolander's excellent second album <em>What Never Was Will Always Be</em>. And the beautiful video was shot on Wolfe Island and directed by Hannes Knutsson. "Cities" is available on streaming and digital platforms like <a href="https://kristofferbolander.bandcamp.com/track/cities-1" target="_blank">BandCamp</a>, et al. peace, <em>Dusty</em></p> <!--break--></div> <section> </section> Tue, 10 Apr 2018 06:30:18 +0000 Dusty Wright 3691 at http://culturecatch.com Video of the Week: "Weather This Storm" http://culturecatch.com/music/dusty-wright-weather-this-storm <span>Video of the Week: &quot;Weather This Storm&quot;</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/webmaster" lang="" about="/users/webmaster" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Webmaster</a></span> <span>April 9, 2018 - 02:42</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="http://culturecatch.com/music/dusty-wright-weather-this-storm" data-a2a-title="Video of the Week: &quot;Weather This Storm&quot;"><a class="a2a_button_whatsapp"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/music" hreflang="en">Music Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/46" hreflang="en">dusty wright</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/125" hreflang="en">Weather This Storm</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/126" hreflang="en">Ashley Garner</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/127" hreflang="en">music video</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/T1f8Q-rFBCo?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>As the storms subside and Spring starts to spring... for survivors everywhere, here's the video collaboration of visual artist <a href="http://www.ashleyggarner.com" target="_blank">Ashley G. Garner</a> with Dusty Wright. The song was produced by d. Bindi, mixed by David Lee, and mastered by Alan Douches for West West Side Music. Recorded by Gio Loria at Black Volt Studio, LA &amp; Straus Park Studio, NYC. Co-vocals by <a href="http://www.stolarmusic.com/" target="_blank">Jay Stolar</a>. </p> <!--break--> <p>"Weather This Storm" is from the album <em>Caterwauling Towards the Light</em> and is available for digital purchase from <a href="https://dustywright.bandcamp.com/album/caterwauling-towards-the-light" target="_blank">Bandcamp</a> (below) or from <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Caterwauling-Towards-Light-Dusty-Wright/dp/B01NBO2H8X" target="_blank">Amazon</a>, <a href="http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/dustywright7" target="_blank">CDbaby</a>, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/caterwauling-towards-light/id1189764111" target="_blank">iTunes</a>, plus other digital sites.</p> <p><iframe seamless="" src="https://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=591151175/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/artwork=small/transparent=true/" style="border: 0; width: 100%; height: 120px;">&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;a href=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;http://dustywright.bandcamp.com/album/caterwauling-towards-the-light&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot; _cke_saved_href=&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;http://dustywright.bandcamp.com/album/caterwauling-towards-the-light&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;quot;&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;Caterwauling Towards The Light by Dusty Wright&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;</iframe></p> <p>You can order an autographed CD from Dusty direct; Paypal $12 to: puffdusty@gmail.com</p> <p>And check <a href="http://dustywright.com" target="_blank">DustyWright.com</a> for upcoming shows and performances. Click on this <a href="https://www.facebook.com/dustywrightmusic/" target="_blank">FACEBOOK</a> link to access more info and press.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/DW_CTTL_bc.jpg" style="width:560px; height:560px; float:left" />This album reflects my emotional journey over the past two years.</p> <p><em>Side 1</em></p> <p>1. Fall Out Of Line - Song started out about the homeless, but I realized it could be about anyone who feels displaced, whether physically or emotionally. And it certainly resonated for me given the theme of this record. Jon Bendis on guitar, London-based singer/songwriter David Ogilvy on background vocals.</p> <p>2. Life Is Hard - About my younger brother David who was involved in a horrific motorcycle crash this past summer. He remained in a coma for 7 weeks until he mercifully passed away. He battled many demons in his life. HIs death made me examine the history of depression in our family and how I'd become depressed about his passing, as well. My friend Martin John Butler helped co-write it. One of my favorite tracks on the record. Features Queen Esther and Sonya Hensley on background vocals.</p> <p>3. The Way We Left Our Hearts - In some ways another song for my brother and about anyone who understands how some relationships are fraught with traps, and how hopeless it can all seem. Features Clair Reilly-Roe on background vocals, Gabriel Handy on classical guitar and Matt Goeke on cello.</p> <p>4. All Revved Up - A song about going nowhere fast and waking up one day to discover that you've really been running in place your whole life. That you never "found" your true destiny or legacy. This whole album was really an examination of my life as seen through the eyes of my father and my brother. I'd lost my father the year before my brother. It was a very brutal one-two punch combination to the heart. And in some ways the first five songs are about my brother David and the second side is about my father Joseph. Drummer Mark Brotter and bassist Pete Hamilton are part of my performing quintet in New York and accompanied me on this track.</p> <p>5. Weather This Storm - Yet another song about how fragile life is for all of us, whether it's an emotional storm between two lovers or between family members. But the song also offers the hope that we can get past the hurdles. My favorite New York singer/songwriter Jay Stolar sang background vocals and David Lee Waters added slide guitar. Basic tracks were recorded at Gio Loria's Silver Lake studio in LA.</p> <p><em>Side 2</em></p> <p>1. We Can Set Sail - So if this were a vinyl album, this would the first track of the second side. It was written about two people who fall together with seemingly nothing in common. And it struck me that was the story of my father and mother meeting and falling in love. My longtime guitarist Jon Bendis played that beautiful chiming guitar part. "And I could grow a garden on your barren land..." That last line of the song, that says it all. It offers hope for anyone who says you can't make a seemingly impossible situation work.</p> <p>2. How Do You Measure A Man? - Written while my father was in hospice and finished after he passed away. I'd been summoned to Florida by my mother and brother after my father had another stroke. I had to make the decision for our family to move him into hospice. The lyrics are straight ahead and self-explanatory. David Lee Waters provided the beautifully nuanced slide guitar and Queen Esther on background vocals.</p> <p>3. I Got Lost - Towards the end of my father's life he had dementia. Anyone who has dealt with this condition knows how crippling it is for everyone around that person. Just how that person is stuck in a world of "gray". Jon Bendis provided the demented electric guitar part.</p> <p>4. I Am Not Willing - This is a rather obscure Moby Grape cover. It was written by Peter Lewis. It's a song I often performed with my cellist Matt Goeke in our quintet GIANTfingers. When this album was being assembled it took on a whole new meaning. Some people give up on life, on facing the challenges presented to them. For them, it's easier to throw in the towel. Jerry Krenach played drums ,Anton Oppenheimer played bass. Which leads into the last track on the album...</p> <p>5. Fly - This song was written after hiking in the mountains up near Lake Placid, but when I read a story in a New York paper about a young woman who died by suicide it became something else. Why do some people soar while other people crash? Is the glass half-full or half-empty? That can certainly depend on one's emotional health. I know life is far more complex than that, but the song examines that scenario. Why is it that life can be impossible for some people to navigate and so the only way out is to end life and yet for others... the bigger the hurdle to conquer, or mountain to climb, well, they face that challenge with unyielding determination? I wanted to end this record with an offer of hope for anyone feeling trapped. And it also became my own coda for my own emotional situation over these past two years. Basic tracks were recorded at drummer Sammy Merendino’s studio in Harlem with Queen Esther on background vocals. We are currently raising funds to produce a “Fly” VR (virtual reality) music video for suicide awareness and fighting depression. Anyone can make a legit tax-deductible donation at our website: SilenceIsNOTgolden.nyc</p> <p>Produced by d. Bindi</p> <p>Dusty Wright on vocals, acoustic &amp; electric guitars, harmonica, and percussion with Jonathan K. Bendis, Mark Brotter, Martin John Butler, Gabriel Handy, Peter Hamilton, Sonya Hensley, Jerry Krenach, Dave Lee, Gio Loria, Sammy Merendino, David Ogilvy, Anton Oppenheimer, Queen Esther, Clair Reilly-Roe, Jay Stolar, and David Lee Waters.</p> <p>Mixed by Mr. Dave Lee. Engineered by Dusty Wright, Martin John Butler, Gio Loria, Brent McLachlan, &amp; Sammy Merendino. Recorded at Strauss Park, Two Dog Studio, Silverlight Studio, 30 Below, and Harlem Parlour Recording. All songs written by Dusty Wright and published by PetRock/BMI except "Life Is Hard" by Wright/Butler and "I Am Not Willing" by Peter Lewis. Mastered byAlan Douches for West West Side Music. Layout by Dusty Wright. Photography by <a href="http://www.creativeshin.com" target="_blank">Hyuna Shin/CreativeShin.com</a>.</p> </div> <section> </section> Mon, 09 Apr 2018 06:42:41 +0000 Webmaster 3523 at http://culturecatch.com Single of the Week: "A Fire On One End" http://culturecatch.com/music/single-of-the-week-terry-radigan <span>Single of the Week: &quot;A Fire On One End&quot;</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dusty-wright" lang="" about="/users/dusty-wright" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dusty Wright</a></span> <span>March 17, 2018 - 15:13</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="http://culturecatch.com/music/single-of-the-week-terry-radigan" data-a2a-title="Single of the Week: &quot;A Fire On One End&quot;"><a class="a2a_button_whatsapp"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/music" hreflang="en">Music Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/149" hreflang="en">Terry Radigan</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/139" hreflang="en">singer-songwriter</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/cXfWN9DBodY?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter <a href="https://terryradigan.com/upcoming-performances" target="_blank">Terry Radigan</a> has unleashed another gem of an album and if Triple A internet &amp; terrestrial radio has any smarts "A Fire On One End" will go into heavy rotation immediately. It's from Ms. Radigan's forthcoming album <em>More!</em> She writes catchy, concise songs that resonate with the listener long after the song has ended. And this song is proof -- some very fine ear-worm candy that the first time I heard it, I knew it was going on my "Dusty Faves" playlist! The video was created by the very talented duo <a href="http://www.duendevision.com" target="_blank">Anana Kaye &amp; Irakli Gabriel</a>. Check Ms. Radigan's <a href="https://terryradigan.com/upcoming-performances" target="_blank">website</a> for upcoming album-release shows and performances.</p> <!--break--></div> <section> </section> Sat, 17 Mar 2018 19:13:10 +0000 Dusty Wright 3686 at http://culturecatch.com Single of the Week: "Water Tower" http://culturecatch.com/music/single-of-the-week-peter-astor <span>Single of the Week: &quot;Water Tower&quot;</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dusty-wright" lang="" about="/users/dusty-wright" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dusty Wright</a></span> <span>March 1, 2018 - 17:43</span> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="http://culturecatch.com/music/single-of-the-week-peter-astor" data-a2a-title="Single of the Week: &quot;Water Tower&quot;"><a class="a2a_button_whatsapp"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/music" hreflang="en">Music Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/138" hreflang="en">Peter Astor</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/139" hreflang="en">singer-songwriter</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/140" hreflang="en">The Weather Prophets</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/141" hreflang="en">Water Tower</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/MKxdE5-GYcc?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>You may or may not know <a href="http://peteastor.com/" target="_blank">Pete Astor</a>, a British songwriter and solo artist, but you probably know him from for his work with UK-based bands The Loft, The Weather Prophets, The Wisdom of Harry and Ellis Island Sound. On the above video he steps out from behind his professor's lectern at the University of Westminster to share some whimsy about water towers. It's an incredibly infectious piece of rootsy folk-rock ear candy from his newly released third solo effort <em>One for the Ghost</em> (Tapete Records). Well played, Professor Astor, well played. peace, Dusty</p> <!--break--></div> <section> </section> Thu, 01 Mar 2018 22:43:53 +0000 Dusty Wright 3678 at http://culturecatch.com