For those who didn't bother getting our Meadow House LP on Public House then you'll be even more annoyed to know that there's a further LP on Feeding Tube - an actual professional label that know what they are talking about. Admittedly Dan Wilson's eccentric project is a marmite affair but Feeding Tube liked it so much they scratted through 60 unreleased songs to come up with this example of his wild Syd Barrett indebted creativity.
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Well at least Phil is vindicated. His potential company-destroying decision to release Meadow House's 'Misadventures on the Scorn Cycle' late last year was met by a collective panic by anyone in our organisation whose ability to finance Christmas depended on actually getting paid whilst you the public turned away in their droves. But now Feeding Tube.....FEEDING TUBE have got on board the Meadow House bandwagon and released this curated collection culled from 60+ tracks from Daniel Wilson's archives.
It's mental...if I'm still allowed to say that. Full of uniquely crafted English pop songs with a much darker edge than some of the more frantic material on 'Misadventures...'. It sounds less like a child rampaging through a musical toybox and more like the dark but fervent mutterings of an extreme talent in some kind of despair. On songs like 'Carbon Monoxide' Wilson produces an incredible pop chorus seemingly out of nowhere in order to suddenly glue the whole thing together and make all of his lesser fiddlings worthwhile. The record holds together better than 'Misadventures...' which veered between brilliance and idiocy in seconds. Here, head Feeding Tube Joey Pizza Slice has done a great job in curating Wilson's wayward talent and making his music flow as a whole rather than random bursts of excellence.
The songs are extremely dark. Most mention suicide, death, loneliness, depression but combined with the rubber band toytown production it never gets wearing, it's the same dark that Chris Morris uses in his humour - often saying the unsayable. I'm still convinced that Wilson is a talent whose time will come, you just have to step into his world and forgive those times he goes off at unfathomable tangents.
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