|Baxter Dury — Prince Of Tears (27/10/2017)|
Baxter Dury — Prince Of Tears (27/10/2017) |||• Někdy je hezké jen jít do domu člověka~umělce a podívat se na jeho věci. And it’s “full of little fictional snapshots...”
|||• “The Album is full of little fictional snapshots based on actual experiences,” says Baxter. “They’re biographical film soundtracks for an imaginary film about myself, which is fictional. The man singing and speaking it all is unreliable; he can’t see the world properly. Its massively delusional, but because of that it’s also emotionally true.”
|||• Excitingly, the LP features Jason Williamson from Sleaford Mods on a track called ‘Almond Milk’ and vocals from Rose Elinor Dougall on ‘Porcelain’.
|||• Son of iconoclastic punk singer~songwriter Ian Dury follows a similarly quirky path. Born: November 8th, 1972
Location: Wingrave, Buckinghamshire, England
Album release: 27/10/2017
Record Label: Heavenly Recordings
01 Miami 4:35
02 Porcelain (feat.Rose Elinor Dougall) 4:03
03 Mungo 3:46
04 Listen 3:05
05 Almond Milk (feat. Jason Williamson) 1:48
06 Letter Bomb 1:43
07 Oi 2:23
08 August 3:04
09 Wanna 2:18
10 Prince of Tears 3:06
5. Almond Milk
1. Letter Bomb
5. Prince of Tears
℗ 2017 LE LABEL — [PIAS] under exclusive license to Heavenly Recordings for UK, Ireland and USA
By Bill Pearis August 29, 2017 10:47 AM |
|||• Baxter Dury has just announced his fifth album, Prince of Tears, which will be his first for Heavenly and out October 27. Like on the great Happy Soup and his debut Len Parrot’s Memorial Lift, Baxter recorded it with a full band, and this time also brought in an orchestra as well. It’s still got the same shabby chic vibe you associate with Dury, including spare, snappy arrangements that pull from Studio 1 reggae and Baxter’s dad’s band… but the strings really add swoon to the proceedings. Baxter’s ability to paint a lyrical picture remains sharp. “The album is full of little fictional snapshots based on actual experiences”, Baxter says. ‘They’re biographical film soundtracks for an imaginary film about myself, which is fictional. The man singing and speaking it all is unreliable; he can’t see the world properly. Its massively delusional, but because of that it’s also emotionally true.”
|||• Jason Williamson of Sleaford Mods appears on one track, and Rose Elinor Dougall appears on another. Madeline Hart, whose counterpoint vocals have been intrinsic to Baxter’s last two albums, is all over this one as well. You can listen to first single and the album’s opening cut, “Miami,” which is a slow~mo disco number, maybe Baxter’s take on Barry White. (Those swoony strings are in full effect here.) “He thinks he’s got swagger, he thinks he’s someone, but he’s not”, Baxter says of the song’s narrator. Few can make words like “I’m the Sausage Man. The shadow licker” come to life like Baxter. Check out the video for it, as well as the cover art and tracklist, below.
|||• With Prince of Tears getting a proper U.S. release, maybe someone can convince him to play some North American shows. Currently he’s only got dates lined up in London (Koko on Novemeber 29) and Paris (Le Trianon on December 1).
|||• http://www.brooklynvegan.com/ About Baxter Dury
|||• Ian Dury’s only son didn’t think he’d follow in his famous father’s musical footsteps. He thought it would be too easy, and an obvious expectation. Alas, Baxter Dury found himself writing songs and crafting a music career by age 30, but the elder Dury didn’t live to see it.
|||• Baxter Dury was born in the early ‘70s while his parents, Ian and Betty Dury, were barely out of art college. His childhood was encompassed by his father’s musical endeavors with Kilburn & the High Roads, and eventually Ian Dury & the Blockheads. |||• Baxter didn’t enjoy school and was kicked out of several institutions by the time he was 15. Soul, funk, and jazz provided an escape, but Baxter couldn’t completely ignore his education. When his Dad went off to work with Roman Polanski for the 1986 swashbuckler Pirates, Baxter was left with “the Sulphate Strangler,” an ex~roadie for Led Zeppelin and a Blockhead who was covered in tattoos and stood at 6’8”. He basically became Baxter’s minder during those teenage years.
|||• By his mid~twenties, Baxter started writing songs with Blockhead Mickey Gallagher’s son, Ben. He’d worked in a watch shop and participated in various indie films, but music now made sense. A deal with Island faded almost immediately. Several years later, he befriended Geoff Travis at Rough Trade in hopes of getting something together. Sadly, Ian Dury lost his battle with cancer in March 2000, but Baxter made it a brilliant moment. He made his singing debut at his father’s wake singing “My Old Man” in his honor. Shortly thereafter, he landed in Austin, Texas to write songs for a debut album. He also hooked up with Portishead’s Geoff Barrow and Adrian Utley and Pulp’s Richard Hawley for extra help. The Oscar Brown EP appeared in the U.K. in summer 2001. Two years later, Baxter Dury showcased his gritty folk~rock with his world~wide debut, Len Parrot’s Memorial Lift, followed by the similarly themed Floor Show in 2005. 2011’s Happy Soup, Dury’s third studio effort, described by the artist as a ten~track collection of “seaside psychedelia,” was produced by Craig Silvey (Arcade Fire, Portishead) and recorded in London. 2014 saw Baxter sign with Le Label (a subsidiary of PIAS) for the release of his fourth album, It’s a Pleasure, an upbeat album that incorporated various elements of funk and disco with morose and downcast lyrics beneath its bright surface. He returned in 2017 with his fifth full~length, Prince of Tears, which he co~produced with Ash Workman (Metronomy, Christine & the Queens). ~ MacKenzie Wilson
Interview: Words by Stuart Stubbs Photos by Timothy Cochrane
|Baxter Dury — Prince Of Tears (27/10/2017)|
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