As Doris re­turns

Yorkshire Post - Culture & The Guide - - MUSIC -

A one-man elec­tronic con­coc­tion by Brook­lyn-based mul­ti­in­stru­men­tal­ist and pro­ducer Ja­son Drake, this 12-track al­bum bris­tles with in­ven­tive­ness and laid-back charm. The woozy na­ture of Drake’s mu­sic pro­vides the per­fect back­drop to his musings on life and love. The stand-out track here is Per­fect Day, which has been get­ting at­ten­tion on in­ter­net fo­rums, with opener Friendly Float al­most as im­pres­sive. Drake is cer­tainly one to watch and this re­lease could well cat­a­pult him into the main­stream if ra­dio sta­tions pick up on its sum­mery charm.

Af­ter fronting The Gabe Dixon Band for more than 10 years and notch­ing up three al­bums with the three-piece group, the writer and piano player has elected to pro­duce a solo record­ing with de­cid­edly mixed re­sults. It starts promis­ingly enough with Strike, but the much-vaunted duet with Ali­son Krauss, Even proves to be a dis­ap­point­ment, with her im­pres­sive pipes wasted on the song. One Spark is by no means bad as the songs are im­mac­u­lately played and sung. It’s just that, as a whole, it doesn’t re­ally en­gage the lis­tener and the songs seem­ingly meld into each other with lit­tle change of tempo.

Two drum­mers – The Fu­ture­heads’ Dave Hyde and for­mer Golden Vir­gins mem­ber Neil Bas­sett join forces on de­but, Slow Down with its stripped down, psychedelic sound. A throw­back to the late 1960s and early 1970s, tracks such as If You Could Buy Me Any­thing and You Will Be Lonely have a def­i­nite Kinks in­flu­ence, while al­bum high­light (And The) Pic­tures In The Sky has a riff akin to Get It On by T-Rex. The driv­ing piano and brass sec­tion on opener Never Come Back make it an­other strong track on a de­cent de­but.

SONGS FROM THE HEART: Doris Day, who says that singing re­mains her first love, is re­leas­ing a new al­bum, My Heart. HOL­LY­WOOD FAVOURITE: Doris Day in the movie Calamity Jane, one of the roles for which she is best known.

Hyde & Beast – Slow Down (Tail­feather B0057MFA10):

Cas­settes Won’t Lis­ten – Evinspacey (Day­light Cur­few B0052MJNK4):

Gabe Dixon – One Spark (Decca B004YAS9NW):

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