Open Mouth - Import / Export
Well fuck me if this isnt the best surprise Ive had since I found out that Paris Hilton was due a stretch in lesbo chokey. Oh the wanks Ive had (!)
Seymour Patrick (aka Open Mouth) is pained. Fed up with futility he is gently pen-knifing his name into the desks of the ignorant and unholy; this album is the first step towards his one man revolution.
Having served his time at the helm of Peel favourites Miss Black America, he is now ready to put the world to rights.
Im loath to say protest album but I have to; thats exactly what Import/Export is. Ive been listening to Don McLeans American Pie a fair bit recently and some Randy Newman too. Dont get me wrong, Seymour has a long way to go before he can match something like 'The Grave' or 'Political Science' but glimpses of glittering vitriol seen in the masters are smattered all over his record.
I dont know if this is going to break his heart further but the first mental comparison I made was This sounds a bit like Dashboard Confessional but not gay. That said; it doesnt stay that way for too long. Our man is an accomplished guitarist and he isnt afraid to show off any. There are shining delays and reverb bringing an understated extra something to what is essentially a collection of folk songs. Patrick is very comfortable with his instrument. Skilled finger-picking, slick arpeggio, Polly Harvey-esque noodlings and e-bow are all here in abundance. You certainly get your moneys worth... Which brings me smoothly to another wonderful touch; part of the funds raised from sales of this record go to WarChild . Commendation from me Sir.
Lyrically, there are touches of sarcastic brilliance tattooed on the
flesh of Import/Export. Lines like Cynical? Yes but you made me
so and I wanna see Jesus drop you in the flames are
just a couple of the lexical formulations that I have warmed to. Theyre
made even more tangible by their delivery; for one so delicate and geek-chic
looking, Patrick has a distinct ability to emote with his strained and
varied vocal. To be honest, when we exchanged pleasantries, I wouldnt
have guessed he had it in him.
Fucking hell. It comes to something when you have to explain your metaphors. Was it worth it? Probably not but I dont care, Im knackered. Lets just say that Import/Export is the perfect album for emo-lefties (not unlike myself), anyone with a political conscience or basically, anyone who wants to hear music that is challenging and confrontational.
Thats me done. Im starting to drift off... Hey bitch, aint you Paris Hilton?... Um, yeah... Cmere... Why?... Me and the ladies got sumthin for yuh... what?! No! Whats the coat hanger for? Please no...!... Lie still skank. Take it like a man...
by Ian Simpson, The Blue Light District
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