DUKE GARWOOD – Song For Ewe

“SONG FOR EWE”
with DUKE GARWOOD

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“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day.

Today’s guest is an enigmatic man whose music can be best described as mellifluous. His album earlier this year on Heavenly Records “Heavy Love” features half his face almost full size and hasn’t been off my turntable (the record, not his face). A multi-instrumentalist, he started off playing on records by The Orb, then became a regular with the angular Archie Bronson Outfit. He’s friends with the Savages having played on their debut and whose own Jehnny Beth features on his “Heavy Love”. Plus he’s a partner in crime with Screaming Trees legend Mark Lanegan, writing in my opinion (and by all accounts Lanegan’s) best ever tune “I Am The Wolf” on last year’s masterful “Phantom Band” record. It’s the hairy and multifarious man with a gentle soul and an incisive instinct, Duke Garwood.

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One of the first things I did this year was to head to the British Museum to interview Duke about his album. Being in his company was as soulful as the record itself, and you can see how it turned out for The Quietus here.

I’d already been a big fan having reviewed his joint record with Mark Lanegan called “Black Pudding”. In some time at the end of recording that, Lanegan and QOTSA cohort Alain Johannes jumped into the producer’s chair and mixed Duke’s album (his fourth solo effort). Lanegan and Garwood occupy a mutual appreciation society, two wayward souls who need saving, first thrown together when Garwood played guitar on the “Blues Funeral” album. They’re back on the road, and a “Black Pudding” follow up is on the cards (ace of spades cards most likely). Garwood joked it might be called “Hot Lunch”.

Given that some of Garwood’s most captivating tales were of his collaborations with the mystical Master Musicians of Jajouka, I looked forward to hearing Duke’s “song for ewe” and I wasn’t disappointed. I would go so far as saying this has been my favourite choice so far for pure catchiness, it’s a ska-reggae cult classic, which I’ve been playing all week.

With no further adieu it’s over to Duke:

“John Holt’s masterpiece “Ali Baba” is making us go wild dropping moves all over the place.

The way the drums crack in. The horns play a sharp tasty melody and the vocals hit so magic..

 “My dream last night was about Ali Baba,

 with the 40 thieves”

Pure class.”

THANKS TO DUKE GARWOOD. NOT LEAST FOR PROVIDING AN EAR WORM THAT’S MOST WELCOME FOR ONCE.

Author: Nick Hutchings

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