Maurice Ravel and his cat Mouni.
Happy Birthday, Maurice Ravel!
Owing to difficulties with the mixing, Davis Hooker (now performing as I Am The Lake Of Fire) took ten songs written over five years and recorded them using just phone, and the result is incredible. Sounding not far off an old wax record, all the trimmings of folk music are shed and the simple beauty of I don’t know comes to the fore in three and a half minutes of dreamy, hypnotic guitar playing and rather gruesome lyrics.
The low-fi feel really suits his solo work, as this video of him performing back in 2010 shows, and the whole album has some real choice cuts on it; Monsoon comes in with a haunting baritone then switches register for the threatening chorus, and Moldy Son continues the ominous theme with dark chords and a gentle harmony. As Shazia Hafiz Ramji says over on Zouch magazine, ”these are the kinds of songs one seeks when in sleepless…at 3 am.” They are strange, dark lullabies, and very well done.