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Dave Seaside is a Sydney-sider who was inspired during a trip to India to write some of the songs on his eleven track album The Cow's Mouth. Yes, we have no sitars. What we have are some laid back tunes, based around the cruisy acoustic guitar and vocals of Dave Seaside backed with bass and percussion by Dave Highett and a smidgeon of cello by Lisa. Oh, and Wompy plays the thumb piano.
Reading the (handwritten! practically non-existent these days) bio also had me climbing up the ladder and dusting off the dictionary from the top shelf (okay, the Macquarie Dictionary button on the computer) to find out what rubato means as in “the first song 'Camels and Horses' has a major rubato time change between verse and chorus to give the effect of a cantering beast”. You learn something every day.
I enjoyed Dave's songs, which were recorded in Nimbin this year, and he has a voice which reminded me of Laurence from English band Felt, although the music is very different. Dave has some interesting observations (such as the very catchy 'Living Without Rain') about life and I enjoyed the album from beginning to end. My favourite song is 'Dragged Me Away' and it is here you can experience the 'thumb piano' which is most likely another name for a kalimba…it's a beautiful song. - ND