Atlantic ATUK042CD / ATUK042CDX / ATUK042: 11th September 2006
1. The Chronicles Of A Bohemian Teenager: Part One
“So this one’s for the friends, and also for the sound of distant laughter, acting as reminders, in a town that made us feel at home”
2. The Chronicles Of A Bohemian Teenager: Part One (YCNI:M Remix)
“We’re drinking to forget, but it always breeds regret, disillusioned faces upon friends that we’ve seldom met”
3. The Children Are (The Consumers Of) The Future
“The rustling of plastic, is the universal sound, from Greenwich to Greenwich, from Dollars to Pounds”
4. The Romance Vs. The Rational
“Why’d you go and have to change things for, are you missing the back ache, from sleeping on floors”
Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly is Sam Duckworth who plays folk/electronic songs of everyday drudgery, magic and political awareness. He’s like the son of Billy Bragg or like a smoother, popier version of Patrick Wolf. ‘The Chronicles Of A Bohemian Teenager: Part One’ is about becoming exhausted while out on tour, missing your friends and not being able to be there, or as the lyrics put it “This song is more than a self-indulgent rant, it’s closure for the times that I’ve let you down”. It’s got another glorious Cornet solo courtesy of Mike Glenister. The ‘YCNI:M Remix’ is by Justin Lockey from Yourcodenameis:Milo. It reminds me of Lemon Jelly and it’s so good that I almost wish he’d left Sam’s vocals off, and just let the listener get lost in his twinkling beats.
‘The Children Are (The Consumers Of) The Future’ is like that odd feeling when you’re staring out of a window and get mesmerised by the crowds of people scurrying around. It’s got a furious start-stop rhythm on the acoustic Guitar, incredible drumming and even a bit of Dylan Harmonica. It’s not as showy as the A-side, but in the end the anger of the lyrics draw you right in.
‘The Romance Vs. The Rational’ is a mix of skittering beats and the almost ambient combination of Organs and the Cornet. The lyrics are minimal, they revolve around the same line with small variations like a mantra. It seems to me that the words are like Sam’s own thoughts, asking himself if signing to a major is selling out. In a recent interview he said it was a hard choice that was brought about after all his gear was nicked. Maybe that analysis is way off the mark, but I say go for it Sam, the charts need guys like you to spice them up.
Click here to pre-order the new Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly album from HMV for only £7.99.
Click here to buy the ‘Past, Present & Future’ compilation for only £2. It’s got an exclusive Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly track called ‘Have You Got A Story To Tell?’.
Here are links to watch the videos for ‘Whitewash Is Brainwash’, ‘Call Me Ishmael’, ‘The Making Of Call Me Ishmael’, ‘The Making Of I-Spy / the I-Spy video’ and ‘The Chronicles Of A Bohemian Teenager: Part One’ on YouTube.