Released April 19, One Little Indian
Having reached their fifth album in somewhat secretive style, folk noir trio Songdog still seem to have the crushing weight of heartbreak carving a hole in their chest with the end of the world seemingly nigh.
Having said that, they’ve made friends in high places, with Springsteen revealing his respect for the band by using ‘Days Of The Armageddon’ as the walk in theme on his most recent European tour while the South Wales band regularly frequent the airwaves of Radio 2 and XFM.
The praise is not without foundation and while ‘A Life Eroding’ is a poignant affair and Lyndon Morgan spins tales of love and loss with his soft and haunted vocals, there is an unparalleled beauty that runs through the majority of this 11 song long player.
Morgan’s lyrics emanate a precious glow and set the scene amongst the vivid soundscapes, leaving little to the imagination. It begins with the album’s title track which delves deep into the heart and soul of the singer/songwriter and it’s showered with a mournful delicacy as Morgan slowly murmurs: “I was poking round that draw you kept your secrets in, old manifestos that lost their wheels, cries from the heart you scribbled down and then forgot, but how there’s so much sorrow, so much sorrow, how there’s so much sorrow in the world.”
The dreamy moments of ‘Gene Autry’s Ghost’ sees the effective use of harps and accordions and the sadder moments are accompanied by the damn right sexy: “I said I’m nobody special but I give pretty good head,” and the lustful urges aren’t forgotten in Elaine: “I rode into a joint across from the takers yard, feeling homesick, hungry for pussy and crazy for a drink,” exposing Morgan’s lasting desire for a steamy night between the sheets.
‘A Life Eroding’ is an enticing album, smothered in lust, desire, terror and heartbreak, subjects that the band are clearly all too familiar with. This isn’t your run of the mill folk album though and has duly side stepped its trademark origins. Songdog are as intriguing as they are challenging and while ‘A Life Eroding’ rests on the harder side of easy listening and is definitely one for the sad days, there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye.