Heath Common: Heath Common & The Lincoln 72s
Tales of a young life in Halifax and Notting Hill Gate lends an autobiographical nature to ten songs that function as commentaries from the psyche of Heath Common.
Heath Common – google him and following the possibility of a brief diversion via a West Sussex settlement or a Wakefield park, you’ll find the Beat-ish writer and irreverent chronicler of the ordinary and extraordinary. And cricket lover.
In some eyes, one of our underground treasures, but unquestionably the epitome of a cult hero. Possessed of Jarvis Cocker inflections, the droll Yorkshire wit based on observation it’s topped off on occasions with what you might term a slightly manic Roger Waters style delivery.
The new one is a record of two halves that sets to account two of the significant and influential periods of a nomadic lifestyle. It’s such that we find ourselves regaled with tales of gala queens who met The Beatles, psychotic (but fair) bouncers, deprived sixties housing and a theme that follows the essence of what it was like to exist in a community packed with character and characters, the likes of which we rarely encounter in contemporary times.
Musically, tablas and Irish pipes and the sporadic vocal of Patrick Wise adding a vocal contrast sit alongside the usual culprits as we’re opened up to a monochromatic Halifax of days gone by. Previous offenders will know what to expect; Room At The Top’s smooth Top Of The Seventies Pops vibe gets punctuated by a touching cum comical spoken word passage and then he defies the odds to write a gorgeous song about a reservoir – or at least one that evokes the warmth of the memories the location evokes. All very arty but with without pretention and more than a dash of realism.
Four fifths of the Notting Hill Gate songs already appeared on the 2015 Beatsbox EP but the album closes out with Anita Pallenberg, which now becomes a strangely poignant goodbye – he talks of often seeing the queen of the underground biking around Notting Hill Gate. Now a misty eyed tribute to another of the Sixties generation and an apt way to see out the Heath Common book of growing up
You can watch Satori In The Sky from the album here:
The Heath Common website