119 - Act of Free Choice by David Bridie 2000
David Bridie is the lead singer and main songwriter of a great Australian band My Friend the Chocolate Cake. However my favourite lp of theirs is a compilation so it falls to one of his solo releases. I've been a bit disappointed with some of hi solo lps but Act of Free Will is just about perfect.
There is experimentation with sounds,samples , tones , rhythm but at its heart there is still song craft at its core and it is one of those lps that feels like it has been crafted rather than recorded.
He rarely gets above mid tempo but that doesn't matter this is definitely a mood and atmosphere piece.
It starts with the a distorted drum and synth tone , before the warmth of a piano comes to prelude a mumbled vocal that suddenly gives way to a chorus that hooks itself into your brain . I've no idea what The Koran , the Ghan and the Yarn is about but will listen and you will find yourself unexpectedly ooo oooing during the rest of the day.
What follows at times recalls David Sylvian at his graceful best
I've posted a track that shows how good his is marrying melody to narrative. A Paul Auster novel in a musical form
The Last Great Magician - David Bridie
You can buy the lp here for less than £1 which is quite frankly ridiculous
On a completely separate note I've had a great track sent to me in box. It is from Biggles Flies Again. There is an lp on the way. The sound is quirky pop with a homemade feel that recalls bands like the magnetic fields at their melodic best
you can get a download of the track Summers Coming at their bandcamp site here. Having now heard a couple of tracks I'll be buying the debut lp as soon as it is out.