Dominic Waxing Lyrical is a guy called Dominic from Edinburgh who ...erm..waxes lyrical...i.e writes lo-fi folky indie pop that so far has only produced one much-loved and now highly sought after record released in 1996. Just 18 years later he's back with a brand new album joined by a raggle taggle band of semi-famous Edinburgh musicians (members of Aberfeldy, Oi Polloi et al) making another attempt to capture his diy baroque folk sound on record.
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Last seen lost sometime in the middle of the 1990s performing shows at worst naked or at best wearing a chemise, Dominic Waxing Lyrical was quite the name on the underground scene for a while. This vehicle for the folk punk songs of Dominic Harris released just the one much loved album in 1996 before seeming to disappear into thin air. This new album is a strident, forceful and confident return -- this music has a pizzazz to it that suggests that lots of people would like this music, if only they got to hear about it.
It’s an intoxicating brew -- part folk, part punk, part Fairport Convention, part The Fall, part the Pogues. The wordy delivery is honed to perfection with quirky ruminations on virtually everything under the sun. The music beneath is highly listenable and strangely would seem more at home being performed in a folk club than on rock night. It’s hard to describe; it’s insanely catchy at times, guitar led but with flashes of accordions and cellos. Some of the songs are absolutely superb - ‘An Unkindness of Crakes’ is particularly impressive, and would not embarrass a Richard Thompson or a Mike Scott, to pluck two folky singer-songwriters right out of the blue.
I can’t describe it any better than the customer review below so read that, read this, listen and buy if you like it.
9/10 Rob McIntosh Customer review, 10th February 2015
Dominic Waxing Lyrical's second LP, Woodland Casual, comes 18 years after their debut, a self-titled vinyl only limited release on Neptune records in 1996. That first album may be one of the most shamefully unknown great albums of all time. Lo-fi indie folk with cellos and melodicas, village vignettes, touches of punk and psychedelia, wonderfully playful words and half the hymnal mashed in for good measure. At the time, Dominic was destined for wide critical acclaim, but who knew it would take him 18 years to release another album. Woodland Casual is more band-based, with higher production values. A gloriously-odd mix of woodland folk, prog rock, Brechtian cabaret and camp musichall. Descriptions are beside the point, so check out some samples at Tenement's soundcloud set <https://soundcloud.com/tenementrecords/sets/dominic-waxing-lyrical> and then buy the record. Or just buy the record.
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