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Dragons Breath by Paddy Steer

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Reviewed on 16th May 2009.


Dragons Breath

By Paddy Steer

God, I feel so old sometimes. This is another name to ring a bell that will send you young whippersnappers to your research engine of choice. Paddy Steer just happens to be responsible for one of the best bass lines ever committed to vinyl - and whatever it is CDs are made out of.

In a previous life Paddy was bassist with Yargo, a fairly short-lived Manchester funk/soul band who lived long enough to record the 'Communicate' LP and its title track, a stomping, thumping, chorused bass-led affair that you probably deserve to hear. I don't know you personally, ask yourself whether you deserve to hear it, if you think not then perhaps your honesty has redeemed you.

Anywho, Paddy's existence since then has been filled with various musical projects, mainly the jazz folk stylings of Homelife, and this solo set develops that style adding a huge dose of whimsy and weirdness to the mix.

Hawaiian guitars, squelchy one finger synth lines, Gogol Bordello type eastern European meanderings and even some Chinese sounding scales add up to an entertaining, puzzling, witty, altogether enjoyable set of instrumentals. Would vocals have added to the mix? What would have fitted? Any vocals trying to compete here would end up the wrong side of wacky.

Yes, it's a bedroom album, and one undoubtedly made by people with plenty of facial hair who make things out of wood, but had bedroom albums been around at the time, it's a bedroom album that Beefheart might have made. Actually maybe that's the only vocalist who could have competed here!



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