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A short handful of new 2012 songs–most are from EPs, mixtapes and singles because there weren’t all that many new albums that I heard and liked enough to want to share a song. But there was still some cool tunes out there this year, and I liked this selection.- almostaghost
Man, 8 days goes by quick sometimes. In case you’re wondering, every day I think of a sort of “song of the day.” Every 8 days, I can make a mix and share them on 8tracks here for all. I don’t know if it’s interesting to other people or not, but it sort of ends up a nice form of reflection for me, and I do stand by the songs–I want you to hear them.
Some more Stuck In The Groove posts about Laura Marling shall be coming this week; we were slow to get it started, but remain committed to the idea. Any recs for the next artist we should cover?- almostaghost
#22. Rose Elinor Dougall – Without Why
Rose Elinor Dougall was one of the original members of The Pipettes, who rose to fame for their irreverant British songs, polka-dotted hotness, and ’50s girl group sound. She left that group after one album, and recorded Without Why, her first solo album. Dougall is a bit more serious than the Pipettes, her songs mostly about love and all its infinite worries.
The album flows well, going from delicate to atmospheric to Johnny Marr-like guitar and back. Dougall’s voice is strong and pure, her British accent charming. Not many singers can sing “my liver, my lungs, my arteries and my cerebral faculties are corroded” with such beauty. On “Third Attempt,” she sings “no-one could shine so brightly / no, no-one could burn so fiercely all the time / but when we did, my darling / you know the world was yours and mine.” The way she sings “my darling” is probably my favorite thing on the whole record. There are a few tracks which remind me of The Pipettes a bit too much (“Start/Stop/Synchro” and “Carry On”), which is fine, I guess, but I could do without. The highlights are the slow burns: “Find Me Out,” “Third Attempt,” “Watching” carry this album, and give it an unexpected weight.
The album closes with “May Holiday,” where Dougall sings “who knows where this leads? Where all of this may lead?” This seems to sum up her prevailing wonderings about love, but also, surely, her new and unknown path as a solo artist. The unknown and unsure can lead somewhere good, or maybe not, but you can follow that road without knowing why. Sometimes it ends up with a cool album like Without Why.almostaghost