Dumb Poets: Paint & Feathers – video exclusive and track premiere

Video premiere / song review

Dumb Poets – Paint & Feathers (Wonder That You Are)     

will be released 15 Jan 2021

LTW are pleased to present, the first great song of the new year. An exclusive premiere from Bournemouth band Dumb Poets. Melodic craftsmen of classic English country rock’n’romance. 

This is just a pure and simple pleasure.  Laid-back and chilled-out. Poetic and melodic.  It reminds me of Peter Perrett and the Only Ones at their most languid.  Romance and regret, that clean, beautiful guitar-sound…

Paint and Feathers sounds like a lost classic from yesteryear  – but it’s the first classic you will discover in a brand new year…

Dumb Poets debut album All The Ghosts came out in Oct 2018 – LTW reviewed it here. Since then the band lost two members and found replacements but retain their distinctive sound. Singer Lance Riley (formerly of the Spoons) and drummer the legend that is Joe Musker (Dead or Alive / Wah Heat) are joined by Mark Arnold on guitar and Paul Arnold on bass.

Their mature, walking pace rock’n’roll has an idiosyncratic charm, breezy optimism and romantic melancholy that captivates.  Gentle rock guitar, hints of country, a Byrds, REM, Kinks kind of melodic classicism. The very best of British Americana – tradition and tunes, songs of joy and love, crafted and performed well with a lot of bohemian style.

I asked lyricist Lance about the song.

Originally I was thinking of my son Milo when he was a small boy. Waking up in his dressing up gear and the beauty of innocence.

The song took a slightly different path with all the uncertainty and mental pressures of the times we are living in. A reminder that when we can’t see the wood for the trees there is still that little spark we all have. A song of solidarity for all us children to feel the wonder of those we love.

The recording sessions had a calm energy and serendipity. It was like we all knew where we were going without anyone needing to mention the destination.

It’s a classy song and would go down well with the cooler BBC Radio 2 Listeners perhaps more than 6-Music.  At a midway point between the Only Ones and REM there should be a lot of people who want to hear this kind of melodic melancholy which is just too cool and soulful to be dismissed as MOR.

Dumb Poets are classicists, playing music for grown-ups who still have a belief in the power of melody & language to mend broken hearts and ease bruised souls..

A new album is in the pipeline but you can still hear the calm energy of Dumb Poets  All the Ghosts on Spotify and YouTube or buy the album from the band website.

Paint & Feathers (Wonder That You Are) was written & arranged L P Riley/Dumb Poets. Recorded November 2020 by Steve Smith at Room With A View Studios. Produced by Dumb Poets. Video filmed by Steve Cade. Additional Vocals: Hannah Robinson.  Glockenspiel: Steve Smith.

Dumb Poets website

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All words Ged Babey

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Ged Babey is 56. from Southampton, has written since 1985 for Sound Info, Due South, various fanzines and websites, contributed to Record Collector magazine and was sole author of 'Punk Throwback' fanzine -the name of which was taken from an insult hurled at him by the singer with a young band he managed for a while. Ged believes that all good music and art has a connection with punk rock.


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