Am I the only one that remembers when Blur was an amazing
band? Back before Damon Albarn rediscovered disco music
and lost his head a bit? Well, for those that thought Blur was
on the track right off, and lamented, like me, the day that "Boys
And Girls" was released, I give you
Simple Kid (a.k.a. Ciaran McFeely) takes great songs, layers
them with funky beats and interesting sonic bits and pieces. This
album is being hailed as a modern masterpiece of recording, and
Simple Kid himself is being hailed as the modern day Dylan.
I don't know that I can fully agree with that, but neither can
I argue it.
It seems McFeely derived the Simple Kid moniker while living
on the streets in Santa Cruz and trying to bluff his way through
a philosophical debate with another homeless man. The legend has
it that the man saw right through McFeely's non-understanding
of philosophy and called him a simple kid, and continued to call
him this every time he would run across him. So, when McFeely
began recording and working in music, he decided to keep everything
simple, a real DIY style of doing things
and so the name
kind of fit. Mythology in the making.
On 1, Simple Kid has pieced together an amazing collection
of highly relevant tracks, both musically and lyrically. Musically,
the songs run the gamut from Beck-ish breakbeats and grooves,
to Bowie-like acoustic guitar and avant-garde passages,
to a very Blur like phrasing and sound. The lyrics are amazingly
simple in their delivery, belying their depth and coherence. A
wealth of topics is cheekily covered on this release; from the
plight of the homeless man, to the strange allure of the drug
culture to those outside of it, to mascara drenched tiger-eyed
tramps. On "The Average Man", McFeely gives us an excellent
taste of his lyrical ability: "The average man is 35 years
old/ he owns a car, but he dreams of a better one/ he's overweight,
but he's working on losing some/ the average man on the street
is not on the street/ and he will fall in love at least two times
in his life/ and he will be unfaithful at least three times/ he
loves his wife, but he sometimes dreams of a better one/ go, go
the average man
" "Drugs" has an incredibly
smooth and cool "Woke Up This Morning" vibe, the perfect
song for the next wave of mobsters driving around town in Cadillacs
movies. Listen up, Tarantino! License this song, before someone
1 is proof that songs that have weight and substance can
be fun to listen and dance to. Inversely, this record has all
the makings of the great folk records of the later 60's, brimming
with social and personal commentary. The new folk music has arrived.
I'm jumping on board.
And make sure you pop on over to the Simple Kid website
it's very cool and highly interactive. And just looks real neato.
2. Truck On
3. Staring At The Sun
4. The Average Man
5. The Commuter
7. Love's an Enigma
8. Supertramps & Superstars
9. Kids Don't Care
10. Breakups Breakdowns
11. No News
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