Saturday, 19 September 2009

ONE THAT GOT AWAY

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I’M WIRED YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL * record of the week *
:: Then Thickens ::
27 March 2006 / Demo / 12 Trk CD
By JA

Then Thickens is Jon-Lee Martin, previously of Fi-Lo Radio and now also of the mighty KONG. This collection of demo recordings was produced last year and comprises of a handful of acoustic guitar sounds and frugal harmonies. There’s this 'recorded in a bedroom', lo-fi approach with bouncing percussion and all sorts of rattles, but every song is a magnificent classic. Each tune has the benefit of Jon-Lees vocals , which now switch from melancholy to full on raw blues - but it’s the melody and atmosphere of each piece that strikes home. “Dead Spiders” uses a piano and delayed vocal effects, whilst “Sleep Warm” sounds like a lone electric guitar, with a Morrissey angled melody and sparkling jangles, that cut right across the main theme. The rock and roll rumbles of “Wonkey Eyes” with interludes of recorder and vocal whistles are inspired, whilst “Spinning Tales” has all the twists and angles of a Fi-Lo track - anthemic and compelling. The electro dabblings of “A Corner Of Colours” are impressive, disturbing and exciting all at once and “Put Your Face Straight” could be one of Frank Blacks best tracks.

This is one of the best solo/singer/songwriter efforts in Manchester and more importantly it has an edge that’s often missing and none of the pretentious “troubled artist” attitudes that create flocks of hype. If anything, Then Thickens will cause YOU trouble and grief with the directness of the songs and the sheer mountainous ability of the standout half dozen tracks on here that could potentially be singles.


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THIS RECORD WAS DONE SOMETIME IN 2006 AND I REMEMBER I PLAYED A FEW SOLO SHOWS AT WHICH I SOLD COPIES OF IT THE RECORD WAS TITLED " I WIRED YOUR YOUR BEAUTIFUL " AND WAS PRINTED ON FLAT PACK INSTRUCTION PAPER OR 3MM PLY WOOD

I MUST OF AT LEAST SOLD 20 COPIES BUT NOW HAVE NO VERSION OF IT MYSELF AND WOULD LOVE IT IF ANYONE COULD CONTACT ME IF THEY HAVE ONE!

WELCOME TO THEN THICKENS (JON-LEE MARTIN)



















IVE STARTED TO WRITE NEW TT MATERIAL .
AFTER A LONG PERIOD OF WRITERS BLOCK IVE MANAGED TO GET THE BALL ROLLING AGAIN, AND AS I NOW HAVE ACCESS TO A LOCAL STUDIO I HOPE TO BE 100% MORE PRODUCTIVE WITH THIS MATERIAL.
MY HARD DRIVE DECIDED TO DIE LAST YEAR !
I WAS DEVASTATED TO HAVE LOST OVER 50 SOURCE RECORDINGS AND SONGS!
OF THOSE 22 HAVE BEEN RECOVERED AND IVE REALIZED I REALLY SHOULD START LETTING OTHER PEOPLE HEAR THEM RATHER THAN COLLECTING THEM LIKE A SMELLY HOARDER OFF OF "THE LIFE OF GRIME" **
THE FIRST OF THE NEW BATCH IS AN ODE TO MELANIE LAURENT ,THE FRENCH ACTRESS WHICH I HAVE TITLED "SERIEZ-VOUS MON AMI?" AND I HOPE TO HAVE IT UP ON-LINE BY THE END OF THE DAY.
I CAN'T PROMISE ANY LIVE ACTION WILL TAKE PLACE AS OF YET BUT I CAN TELL YOU I HAVE PEOPLE IN MIND FOR A UK BAND AND WILL GET IT TOGETHER IF IT'S THE LAST THING I DO.
I DON'T EXPECT MANY PEOPLE TO FOLLOW THIS BLOG BUT FELT I HAD TO UPDATE ALL THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE EMAILED ME OVER THE LAST 12 MONTHS ON THE MYSPACE SITE . I CAN ONLY APOLOGIZE FOR MY IGNORANCE AND I PROMISE TO CHECK THE SITE MORE OFTEN.
INCLUDED IN SAID EMAILS WAS AN INTERESTING OFFER TO PUT OUT A RECORD AND I FEEL, MAYBE, ILL HAVE A BASH AT PUTTING ONE OUT SOON!

THANKS IF YOU HAVE READ THIS

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SERIEZ-VOUS MON AMI?