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Dominic Waxing Lyrical

Woodland Casual (Tenement)

By • Feb 4th, 2015 • Category: long players

Oh my goodness, this is way out there.

DWL’s slightly long overdue second album (only 19 years overdue) is released on Tenement Records in early February and it is quite in yer face. There is a very strong but eccentric voice here, shades of Gerard Langley (Blue Aeroplanes) in the speaking over complex instrumentation, along with something akin to Withered Hand’s angst-ridden stropes and tropes.

There are a group of very competent and talented musicians backing the controlled, guided whimsy of DWL, members and ex-members of various Scottish acts including Aberfeldy, Badgewearer etc. The description of the 1996 album as “diy baroque folk” still seems to hold, just with better definition, better players and better technology.

But it is the singular, angular and erudite delivery of Dominic himself that makes this quite compelling.

Over the course of the album all kinds of odd subjects are covered, and then some… Singing in an unrepentantly English accent after all those years in Edinburgh (nuff said, readers), this is a journey into the other.


Track 3, ‘Nightwatchman’ is highly disturbing, thoughts of schooling theory for his daughter (hope she is fictional, but probably not!).

Following that, ‘Swansong’: “Your fists are like usherettes, cajoling… “This is yer swansong, this is yer swan…la la la etc”

Actually every track here has something, no really, come back, come by…

BM goes back to the Blue Aeroplanes comparison again, is that is what DWL is trying for? BM is not sure what he is trying for, but BM has experienced some of these scenes, the “Leith Space Agency”, yep, been there, readers.

There are some great sing-along choruses, and guitar shapes, and some very moving moments. It shifts between between indie-disco and music-hall, via Pulp, the Kinks and something altogether, well can’t quite put ma stiletto on it, readers.

‘Thursday (Searching) (Searching)’ is about DWL’s weekly psychotherapy sessions – well, he said it, no data breach – quite Shakespaerian, Gothic and a possible pitch for a sequel to ‘Phantom’ or even ‘Rocky Horror’. BM feels in the presence of something truly cathartic, this is not something that could be done, but has to be done.

There is real pop sensibility at work here, but unlikely to reach a wide audience, BM can feel Syd Barrett’s coffin reeling around somewhere near Cambridge, and if that is not a complement, well, lay me oot right here.

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