Music review by 22/10/2013
First album by poet turned musician Tom George
Liverpool arts scene stalwart Tom George segues from performance poetry
into music on self released debut LP Postcards.
Piloted by clean-tone electric guitars and with George’s voice
clear in the mix throughout, the songwriter is almost entirely self-sufficient
musically, handling bass and drums and production duties with additional
keys and guitar work supplied by engineer Jeff Jepson.
The title, by accident or design, evokes the jangling early eighties
Glasgow-based indie label of the same name, home to Orange Juice and Aztec
The references to 1980s indie are in abundance with opening cut ‘Drifter’,
which inhabits the same sonic territory as The Stone Roses circa 1987
and the sound minted on the ‘Sally Cinnamon’ single.
‘Hey Tree’ is reminiscent of Mike Scott’s more downbeat
moments away from The Big Music with The Waterboys, while the acoustic
guitar and claves led ‘Your Wild Imagination’ possesses the
same home-recorded vibe of early solo Paul McCartney.
One specific criticism of the LP is the length of some tracks, as several
cuts cross the five minute barrier when they could have been compressed
into shorter forms, with some fine-tuning of the song structures called
‘Postcard’, a reimaged version of second track ‘Postcard
From Your Heart’, sung by Norwegian singer Ragz, glides past on
her high in the mix vocal, spare acoustic guitar strums, and what sounds
like sampled mandolins. The end result coming close to sounding like indie
doyens The Sundays.
The reflective ‘How Will They Know’ closes proceedings, a
languid piece underscored by African percussion, that stretches over several
verses before ebbing away on its acoustic and slide guitar motif.