England - Full Moon 79 - 03/18/03
Songdog is a strange band. Their music has literary lyrics and offbeat arrangments. Lyndon
Morgans sings in an androgynous warble while guitarist Karl Woodward and multi-instrumentalist
Dave Paterson weave gorgeous music around him. He sings of falling for the girl at the escalator
at HMV with a tremulous voice in the song of that name. The instrumentation is so bare it hardly
exists, yet it's more than enough. "Hat-Check girl" has Morgans duetting with the tough-sounding
Suzanne Rhatigan. The song has a fine folk vibe to it.
"Hitcher" is a tale of a ghostly hitcher. It's another fractured alt-country song of the kind
that Songdog excel at. The bluegrass stylings of "Days of Armageddon" is very appealing. Lyndon
Morgans sings his suitably doomy lyric with conviction. "The
sky will be a lake of fire just before the end" he notes.
Songdog are a necessary band. Any album with titles like "She Played 'Summertime' (on the
brothel piano)" and "With her pop-art lips and cappuccino skin" deserves to be heard.
Copyright © 2003 Anna Maria Stjärnell