Jul 10, 2011

To Be Able

I love this video. And I love this song.



Gavin Friday's last album was Shag Tobacco, from 1995. It was sexy and scintillating, but it was equally thought-provoking and deeply soul-searching. Gavin Friday has always been a favorite artist of mine for his ability to balance these elements, and to merrily juggle the clever, the absurd, the arch and the painfully personal. His latest is catholic, available through his website and iTunes.

Being the sensualist I am, I want to go and get a physical copy. There's something about the direct, tangible nature of the experience -finding a music store (no mean feat in this digital age), coming upon the album, paying, opening the packaging, leafing through the booklet as the CD plays. It's all so old-fashioned, from another era, but outside of concert-going, it's how I enjoy the artistry of music-making most.

And it feels right for an artist like Gavin Friday. The Irish-born singer/songwriter/painter/actor excels at integrating sounds of the past and present into something both classic and futuristic, with a heavy nod toward exploring the sensual aspects of life:

She's upstairs, I'm downstairs,
Drinking coffee in the kitchen
Spoon in the sugar, knife in the butter... I want you.
Do you love me? Say you do.

I'd like to see you undress...

The first single from catholic is called "Able." With its thought-provoking lyrics and stirring electronic swirl driven by heavy beats and Gavin's beautifully low voice rumbling throughout like a sort of world-weary anchor, it's the the sort of grown-up pop that keeps me awake at night, writing and drawing and thinking and returning to volumes of poetry I haven't read in ages. What with the attempts lately to balance practicality, sensuality, desire, want and progress in my life, "Able"is the right song (and video, directed by Kevin Godley), at the right time.

I wanna be able
to hold my own
to breathe without drowning
to find a home.
I want you to love me
don’t want you to lie.


Excelsior, Gavin. It's been too long. Next stop, Manhattan, please.



1 comment:

Joseph said...

Great review. My thoughts exactly. Received my copy of catholic last week and haven't been able to stop listening. BTW- I found your review after it was posted to the official GF Facebook page. Thanks!