As Doris returns
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):