SONGDOG - ‘It’s Not A Love Thing’ (Radio Edit)
Written by Lyndon Morgans/Published Montparnasse Music/BMG.
From the album 'Joy Street' (2017). Released by Junkyard Songs / Distributed by Shellshock https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jo...
SONGDOG - ‘JOY STREET’ (2017)
MIRROR (4*) - "Morgans' development as a songwriter, playwright & musical connoisseur is clear. The songs breathe in details & scenes of a lifetime."
AMERICANA UK (9/10) - "A set of songs that makes you think & touches your soul from a man for whom the word genius
would not be an overstatement."
MOJO (4*) - “A fulsome rustic sound.”
MAVERICK (4*) - “As ever, Morgans' lyrics and delivery is brilliant."
UNCUT (7/10) - "Dylan Thomas meets Ray Davies backed by The Waterboys? Believe it."
THE GUARDIAN - "A meticulously painted, boozy world of psychedelic encounters."
RnR (Best of the Year 2017) - ”Another brilliantly dark and intense album”
THE ARTS DESK - "You’re drawn in from the outset....immediate and beguiling."
FOLKING - "A place “where life happens, any human highway or byway”. You should take a stroll, it’s superbly well paved."
“I try to write as if it’s forever,” says Lyndon Morgans, alias Welsh singer-songwriter Songdog. The Blackwood native has certainly achieved this artistic objective on his seventh album, the sublime ‘Joy Street’.
While the eleven tracks here retain what NME once described as “glacier-paced folk noir”, the collection augments Songdog’s melancholic majesty with a radio-friendly buoyancy. This is particularly the case on ‘It’s Not A Love Thing’, which Lyndon calls “Ray Davies’ Terry and Julie on Waterloo Bridge updated for a less optimistic age”, and ‘Raise Your Glass In Praise’, which finds him “blowing a kiss to all those who find my stuff too bleak”. Of course, there are those who find empathy in Songdog’s forlorn balladry. And this particular constituency will feel gratified by the likes of ‘The Old Superhero’, ‘Amen, Baby, Amen’ and the title track, whose plaintive melodies and profound poeticism traverse familiar terrain of love and loss.
The whole thing is beautifully blended by renowned producer Nigel Stonier, who has previously worked with Fairport Convention, Joan Baez and Thea Gilmore. In addition to fellow Songdog regulars Karl ‘Pod’ Woodward, Dave Paterson and Jasper Salmon - playing guitar, banjo, mandolin, accordion, drums and fiddle - Lyndon is joined by several guest musicians, including Thea Gilmore, who appears as backing vocalist on four songs.
‘Joy Street’ has received critical acclaim from the likes of Mojo, Uncut, The Mirror, Maverick and Americana UK, amongst others. Tracks have been played on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6Music, including a recent session on Tom Robinson's show, plus on other UK and international shows.