Monday, July 04, 2005

Oscar De La Soundtrack...

Baxter Dury - Oscar Brown

Baxter Dury is the son of the late great Ian Dury, and his very first public performance was at his fathers funeral in 2000, which is not exactly the happiest of circumstances to start his performing career.
Much respect to him for doing it though.

Baxter's first release was the following year with the brilliant Oscar Brown EP, which obviously the track Oscar Brown is taken from (It also appears on the pretty damn good Laurel Canyon soundtrack).

The first thing that grabbed me about the track was his beautiful voice, oh, that and the Mellotron, and the fantastic use of the Velvet Underground's Oh Sweet Nuthin' for the chorus.... wonderful.
Oscar Brown also appeared on Baxter's debut album Len Parrot's Memorial Lift in 2002, for the recording of which he drafted in Geoff Barrow and Adrian Utley from Portishead and Richard Hawley from Pulp, and a great album it is too, full of gentle countryfied slightlydelic pop songs.

The baxter trail went a little cold after the album until earlier this year when the mighty Rough Trade released the limited edition 12" Farncesca's Party which was followed last month by another very limited edition 12" Lisa Said.... "it sounds like a record cut in berlin in the early 70's with a bleak eno-esque production and a wash of noises and ambience a la my bloody valentine and more recently ulrich schnauss"... I'm sold on the description alone.

Baxter's second album Floorshow should be out in August, and I'm really looking forward to hearing it...
If you live in London you won't have to wait till then to hear his new material as he's playing at The Barfly in Camden (The Monarch) tomorrow night (Tuesday 5th July), sadly I won't be able to make it, but if anyone goes let us know how it went.

Buy - Baxter Dury Records from Rough Trade
Buy - Laurel Canyon Soundtrack
Visit - Baxter Dury
Visit - The Barfly


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