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Songdog - A Life Eroding Artist Songdog
Title A Life Eroding
Label One Little Indian
Fifth album from Welsh folk three-piece
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Price: £7.99

Songdog - Joy Street Artist Songdog
Title Joy Street
Label Junkyard Songs
"I try to write as if it’s forever," says Lyndon Morgans, alias Welsh singer-songwriter Songdog. The Welsh native has certainly achieved this artistic objective on his seventh album, the sublime Joy Street. While the eleven tracks here retain what NME once described as "glacier-paced folk noir", the collection augments Songdog’s melancholic majesty with a radio-friendly buoyancy. This is particularly the case on ’It’s Not A Love Thing’, "Ray Davies’ Terry and Julie on Waterloo Bridge updated for a less optimistic age", and ’Raise Your Glass In Praise’, which finds Morgans "blowing a kiss to all those who find my stuff too bleak". Of course, there are those for whom Songdog’s bleakness is a balm, who find empathy in his forlorn balladry. And this particular constituency will feel gratified by the likes of ’The Old Superhero’, ’Amen, Baby, Amen’ and the title track, whose plaintive melodies and profound poeticism traverse familiar terrain of love and loss. The whole thing is beautifully blended by renowned producer Nigel Stonier, who has previously worked with Fairport Covention, Joan Baez and Thea Gilmore. And indeed Gilmore appears as a backing vocalist on four songs.
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Price: £10.99

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