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Monday, 16 February 2009

Sycamore Cowboys

Sorry folks - it's been a while since I graced these pages. However, be assured I have not given up the art of mash. Instead, I have been locked away in the Mash-cave working on a new album, which is now complete. More details will follow, but I can tell you its a space-rock ambient extravaganza. 15 new tracks, 1 you already know. It'll introduce you to my world.

As a result, there are one or two bits and pieces left over on my desktop which for space and time constraints couldn't make the final cut. This is one such track.

Part inspired by the Who Boys now classic and genius Strange Pyramid (fusing of all things, Radiohead with Billie Holiday), and heavily inspired by our collection of all things David Lynch last year, the Mashed In Plastic album (if you don't own a copy, shame on you! Over 20,000 downloads and counting) - here's my ode to all things jazzy trip-hop.

Oxymoronic legendary unknown jazz singer (Little) Jimmy Scott, appeared in the finale of Twin Peaks, singing this haunting ballad to the woods, bedecked in suit, looking a million dollars in the Lodge, and possibly out-cooling the Man From Another Place at the same time. It is one of THE standout moments in the whole of the show, and had many a Twin Peaks fan scrambling to get a hold of a copy of the soundtrack. In fact Jimmy is widely cited by his peers as being THE soul singer (Ray Charles, Billie Holiday, Quincy Jones....he even made Madonna cry!) of all time, and yet so few people know about him. For more info visit his site and educate yourselves as to what the human voice can achieve

Pair him with the equally moody trip-hop stylings of pioneers Portishead, and you have a gloomy, nay threatening even, song to go to bed on.

Sycamore Cowboys

Portishead - Cowboys (i)
Jimmy Scott - Sycamore Trees (a)

Thanks to Gav for the Jimmy Scott piccie too.

As I say, much more to come the next couple of weeks.

But until then, I'll see you in the branches that blow....


Viper said...

This is an amazing track! Fantastic job!

yellowman7884 said...

Unbelievable stuff