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A beast among the sheep

September 10, 2009

audenbeetle

I have been a busy boy. Four songs from a soon-to-available Idle Tigers album are available for pre-hearing at the usual places, such as here or, if you prefer, here.

These songs are in a mode that might be called poisoned pastoral. I was seeing perhaps a shade moving over a landscape, or the moment described in Auden and Isherwood’s The Dog Beneath the Skin: “When the green field comes off like a lid, Revealing what was much better hid”.

Those who know me might also know that some parts of these songs, particular the thing now known as Valley Parade, go back a long way, so there are quite a few layers of faulty memory going on here. Further explanations will, inevitably, follow.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. jeff fluvia the worried waltz person permalink
    September 11, 2009 6:39 pm

    Thanks for posting the new songs. I am very pleased with Svengalis Off Day. Not to keep lumping you in with Momus but that song would be good next to his music hall performer meltdown song. My second favorite is Valley Parade. When I have a copy to play on the radio I know just the song to go next to Laughter in The Sheepdip.

  2. September 12, 2009 4:17 pm

    Thank you for your comments! Interestingly, Svengali’s Off-Day tends to be everyone’s least favourite of the new songs, which is fine by me. It takes a certain type of listener to realise that disappointment is the new success.
    I enjoyed listening to the Worried Waltz whilst playing scrabble last Sunday. I lost.

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