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Thursday 27 April 2017

Dodson and Fogg: Melody Is The Muse For Chris Wade's Ongoing Musical Project

I was a Dodson and Fogg virgin until the Down At The Beach EP landed in my inbox. I am, in contrast, a long-time fan of the EP's creator, Chris Wade. He's written a wealth of book and magazine titles; the contents of which both inform and entertain. 

But there's a very British trait of pigeon-holing an artist. If they write, they write. If they paint, they paint. If they make music, then they are a musician. 

So I'd failed to make the crossover from Wade the prolific writer - and recent film maker - to Wade the prolific musical artist. And on the strength of a hand-full of listens to the Down At The Beach EP, my ignorance has been my loss. 

The songs, play-by-play, leave hooks in the brain that replay long after the last track has wound its way to the digital run-out groove.

First track For Eternity is a dreamlike introduction to the Dodson and Fogg musical project. It rides a wave of melody that's melded with a pastoral lyrical lilt and a homage to everlasting life and love.

The EPs second track, Leonard (Brother of Mercy), is surely a musical tribute to the recently deceased Leonard Cohen. Once again Wade's vocal skims the skeletal musical accompaniment. There's space, nothing sounds cluttered. Quite, quite beautiful. 

Dodson and Fogg - White House on the Hill

The mood changes come track three, Somewhere By The Sea. There's a shuffle and a skip added to the mood. A track on which the listener can, apparently, hear a swan cough'. If there's a single to be pulled from the EP then this is it.

The mood drops for the fourth track, For You. A love song; beautifully played and fully realised. Melody isn't just Wade's friend, it's also his muse and mistress.

Penultimate track, You''re Not Alone, is an almost solo period John-Lennon-alike positive ode. 

EP closer Nanook is infused with an Instant Karma feel .. it's that Lennon connection again. There's also a bit of the peak-period Donovan about it. My favourite of the six and a track that leaves you wishing that the EP was a full LP.

I'm hooked and recommend CLICKING HERE and losing your Dodson and Fogg virginity to the Down At The Beach EP. All songs written, produced and performed by Chris Wade. For more info on Dodson and Fogg CLICK HERE

by: Mike Cobley




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