There’s been a recent buzz about the return to recording of former XTC frontman Andy Partridge who knows a thing or two about writing sharp, pithy, catchy pop as his band’s late ’70s and early ’80s output will attest.
And I suspect Partridge would nod his head approvingly at this, the third single from Ed The Dog – described as ‘an introspection on the coexistence of childhood nostalgia with adult life.’
There’s never a time when a decent hook or smart lyric – both XTC trademarks – won’t be welcome and fortunately, Ed, has them in abundance. Throwing in a few Steely Dan guitar flourishes to a template that also marries a pleasingly lo-fi production, with the lyrical yearnings of the hopelessly romantic.
With the mainstream continuing to be dominated by another music – as the Buzzcocks might have termed it – it’s always a thrill to hear artists like this with a song that stands up to repeated plays and reveals a little more with each one.
Written, performed, recorded and mixed by former Fish Tank frontman Ed Wettenhall this is a hugely encouraging lead in to his album ‘Shame’ which is released via ALLONEWORD and Interstellar Music Group.
‘Television Era’ features on Ed the Dog’s debut album ‘Shame’ – available to Stream/ Purchase now.