Sunday, 9 February 2014

Track Of The Day: Tim Burgess - ‘Oh Men’

A new single from Tim Burgess will be released as part of Record Store Day, which takes place on April 19. ‘Oh Men’ will be released on The Charlatans legend's O Genesis label and once again finds him collaborating with Lambchop main man Kurt Wagner. On the B Side to the release there will be a cover of Arthur Russell’s ‘I Couldn’t Say It To Your Face’, a song Burgess has been performing live on recent tours. Tim told The Quietus (in an interview that you can read HERE) "We loved performing it but it was always on my mind to record it. By a series of various alignments of New York minimal disco planets I found myself working with someone who worked closely with Arthur, a composer/arranger/genius called Peter Gordon, who also happened to be the head honcho of Love Of Life Orchestra. Peter had worked on much, if not most, of Russell's recorded material and was the key member of his live set up too. I wasn't sure if it was the dumbest thing imaginable to ask him to work with me on a cover of a song that he played on so long ago. Peter said it took him 35 years to get that song out of his head, now it's back again... He wasn't sure if it was the dumbest thing imaginable, too, so we recorded 'I Couldn't Say It To Your Face'...". Here is the A side, built around a low key electro loop complimenting soulful piano, dreamy saxophone and an introspective vocal from Burgess that slips into a charming falsetto near the end...

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