1st EDITION - SOLD OUT
(Signed + numbered limited CD edition of 50)
NEW DEPRESSION SONGS
WORDS & MUSIC © Geoffrey Datson and Annette Hughes 2009
PRODUCER Geoffrey Datson
Recorded at THE GREENROOM STUDIO
'Having spent a few decades listening to music, popular and otherwise, I know what sound I want to make and how to make it. There is much to be said for monody. An old punk at heart, these days I rage against the major scale and obvious harmonies and so, 2009 finds me knee deep in electrohillbilly.' Geoffrey Datson
'It's kind of country/folk, Guthrie/Dylan, with a bit of of Eno on the side, using handmade instruments and spare combinations of guitars, ukulele, cello, dulcimer, banjo, water whistle, recorder and some electronic augmentation; you know, electrohillbilly!'
1. Tesseract Bird 3:54
Was reading an article by Robert Hunter (lyricist for the Grateful Dead) who suggested that they wrote music for "modes of the tesseract". A tesseract is a 4 dimensional projection of a cube. Imagine a cube where the bottom back edge is pulled up through it to become the top front edge, rather as if it's unfolding through itself. My mother had given me a toy, one of those cards with a bird on one side & a cage on the other, when you spin the card fast, the bird is in the cage, presto! The bird noise is a ceramic water whistle.
2. Five Notes From Beauty 3:03
Thought it was interesting how the economy went into a tail spin as they turned the Hadron Collider on. Perhaps it would be wiser not to mess with the fabric of time!
3. Beautiful Daughter Part 1 1:14
This is the intro to a song that ends with the lyric "at dawn there'll be smoke on the water and a deep purple gash in the beautiful daughter.
4. Inverse Sun 0:47
I used to frequent a club in NY (late 80's) called Save the Robots, with very post apocalyptic decor. There was sand on the floor & red gloss furniture from recollection. It used to open at 2am and run till about midday, always strange to emerge into the work-a-day sidewalk. It was there one might meet the envoy's son.
5. MNBVXC 1:53
6. The Pied Plucker of Cooroy 2:14
Winter 08 a plague of rats in the studio and I'm repairing an Eko six string banjo type instrument. Wrote the song to celebrate the departure of the rats & the repaired instrument. The Eko reminded me of Chickenfoot Crawp passing this way in 1976. He played with a plucking thrashing action. Chickenfoot, AKA William Crawford, is one of the best songwriters of his generation & is out there, somewhere.
7. Zombot 1:21
All that money in your account
by remote control they are taking it out.
8. Unptown Local 1:23
'A' train to Harlem 1987, three am, a homeless woman & I were the only passengers in the carriage. She was saying "nothing but rain drops inside".
9. Conceit of Light 6:14
Brixton Skate Park 1989 was a location of very cutting edge street fashion. The Hotel in Pomona Queensland this winter had a few fashion statements too!
10. Terminal Hermit 2:21
11. Sweet Matilda Waltz 3:14
From the fabulous "drifter " sessions, with Dave Bonnifoy on electro kit.
12. Eva Feral 2:40
My sister has a rental property in Brisbane. It must be one of the last outposts of the independent music scene. Under the house a tangle of busted drum kits, mic stands, torn band posters and beautiful grungy paintings..
13. Fluddites 2:31
... and under that house took me back to the Brisbane floods of '74.
14. String 3:27
Instrumental. I'd love to do this with an orchestra some day.
15. DF Recorder 3:24
Instumental. That'll be D & F played on a recorder.
16. Cellofane 1:35
Instrumental. Yes it's a cello and many guitars!