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Good Mood FoolIn the winter Luke Temple moved into a cottage, a small one, in upstate New York. The snow fell quietly. He had frozen blueberries and bread and eggs and Coors Original. He sang and drank and played and drank and ate and shoveled snow and when the snow melted and the roads cleared he had his friends. Eliot Kirmsky (Glass Ghost) and Mike Johnson (Dirty Projectors) dug into Luke's hut and together they built a fire. Luke called it Good Mood Fool.
Originally from Cape Anne, Massachusetts, Luke moved to the North West, sleeping rough in the woods,
working in a candy store and as a janitor at a suburban mall. While in Seattle Luke met some people headed down the coast. All of his aimlessness lasted a year and half before Luke had had enough. He enrolled in school of the Museum of Fine Arts and spent five years painting portraits, after which Luke moved to New York and worked as a muralist and plasterer. As painting drifted from the foreground little songs started to emerge. He tried them out at the famous Sidewalk CafÉ Monday open mic and the people there liked it.
After recording two critically acclaimed albums for Mill Pond, to little commercial reception, Luke was at the point of quitting a career in music. In 2008, feeling free in his new state, he made what would become the first Here We Go Magic album, forming the band and releasing the self-titled debut in 2009. Positive critical and commercial response to the record kept Luke busy with Here We Go Magic through touring and recording two more full lengths and an EP. Since Here We Go Magic's 2012 release, A Different Ship, Luke has returned to his original solo ideas.
In a sense Good Mood Fool is an extension of the first self-titled Here We Go Magic record. It was recorded with the same sense of freedom and joy. The meat of the record finds Luke taking a sharp turn in order to keep himself interested. First single Katie is a prime slice of mid-80s intelligent pop, almost So-era Peter Gabriel in its rhythms and sound. Meanwhile, Florida is a blue-eyed soul hit, a lazy sunny evening of summer beauty. Good Mood Fool draws from myriad influences, from the hushed soulful wail of Curtis Mayfield to the dense
harmonies of Gill Evans and the Bulgarian Women's Choir. It is meant to be clear in production and in content, hiding nothing.1. Hard Working Hand
4. Those Kids
5. Jessica Brown Findlay
7. Terrified Witness
8. Love Won't Receive
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InjiInji is the debut solo album by Sam Dust, AKA LA Priest. Across its ten audaciously
imaginative tracks Inji reasserts Dust as a truly idiosyncratic voice in British music, applying
the same frantically eclectic, mischievous and wilfully absurd spirit of his previous band,
the beloved Late of the Pier, to ever more nuanced and affecting songwriting and
From the obscene space-age stadium rock guitar solo of 'Oino', the maddeningly catchy
digi-dub single that Dust leaked sample-by-sample on a suitably enigmatic website at the
turn of the year, to 'Learning To Love', the record's gargantuan, eight minute long proghouse
centrepiece and 'Occasion', a melting martian Prince come-on, Inji confounds and
delights in equal measure and at every turn.
'Lady's In Trouble With The Law' boasts a lithe, sensual soul chorus about getting arrested
that feels at once haunted and horny whilst the insectoid instrumental ambience of 'Lorry
Park', twists and turns and burrows into the brain as creepily as the most classic Aphex
Twin material. Elsewhere, 'Fabby', another instrumental, juxtaposes a gorgeous, cascading
piano figure that'd make Benjamin Britten proud with percussion that sounds like the
clashing of two swords and album closer, the bubbling, aquamarine ballad 'Mountain' finds
Dust contorting his voice into an impossibly high, androgynous falsetto.
Throughout all the songs there's a reliance on feeling and intimation as opposed to any one
lyrical theme, and although the notion of love, its joys and trials, heaviness and absurdity,
can often be glimpsed, it's in a non-linear way that recalls the disruptive, deliberately
misleading pop of artists such as David Sylvian, Arthur Russell and David Byrne.
Just like its genesis story, Inji is a record that poses as many questions as answers. It has
its own logic, in its own time zone, and for the duration of its forty four minutes the listener
shares in this too. If it doesn't conform it's because it's not supposed to.1. Occasion
2. Lady's In Trouble With The Law
3. Gene Washes With New Arm
5. Party Zute / Learning To Love
6. Lorry Park
7. Night Train
9. A Good Sign
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