Spotlight On: Filthy Frozen River Rag By Dan Melchior

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Stolen Body Records is an independent record label working out of Bristol specialising in Garage and Psychedelic Rock. They put out records they’re passionate about and stay true to their core values which means they don’t always walk the easiest of paths in an ever more commercial world.

On 19th August 2016 Stolen Body Records released Dan Melchior’s latest album Filthy Frozen River Rag. While we wanted to give this one more platform and a spotlight here, rather than try and describe this record with my limited vocabulary I’ll let the guys over at Stolen Body take over.

Filthy Frozen River Rag’ is a collage of snapshots – a high (low?) light reel of a period of time when things were in a definite state of flux. The tracks drift in and out of cohesion, and things occasionally veer off into a no man’s land similar to the grey area between dreams and REM sleep, with the occasional nightmare thrown in for good measure

Although there is a mix of full band tracks and solo performances, the majority of the material is made up of rough hewn acoustic songs that were recorded in that manner intentionally, and not as sketches or demos (how much better are some of those Ray Davis demos than finished Kinks songs?)

Dan Melchior is originally from the suburbs of London, though he has been living in the USA for the last 16 years. First appearing on record in 1997, he has since recorded over 35 lps, and collaborated with artists as diverse as Billy Childish and Graham Lambkin.

He is arguably the only artist to have emerged from the ‘Medway Scene’ that has actually managed to plough a furrow outside of that very narrow field.

In the worlds of Steve Lowenthal – ‘Dan Melchior is an anomaly in the modern music world, even for the underground. As one of the world’s last truly great songwriters, Melchior’s voice grows stronger than ever over a string of recent releases by his “band” Das Menace. His music can’t be neatly partitioned into a narrow genre although one can detect elements of blues, vintage R&B, British psych pop and more recently even brazen experimentalism.

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Track list:

1. Ice Cream And Hailstones

2. Oyster Oyster

3. New Pair Of Trousers

4. Ozzy Feldman One

5. Rotten Rubber Rabbit

6. War Dance

7. Says The Engineer

8. Terse And Taciturn

9. My Wasteland

10. It’s a Hard Life At Sea

11. Ozzy Feldman Two

12. Eyehooks For Andrew

13. Seabed Boogie

14. Gel Crash Helmet

15. My Card Ran Out

16. Pyre

17. Noel Edmond’s Wife

18. The Worlds So Strange

19. Mock Mock Tudor

20. Ozzy Feldman Three

21. The Spider In My Shoes

22. City Lights

23. They Made You Grey

24. Two Dogs

25. When They Come

26. Ozzy Feldman Four

27. Trying To Act Cool In A Village Blues

28. Propagando Cult

Filthy Frozen River Rag is available on Gatefold double LP colour Vinyl, CD and Digital Download over at stolenbodyrecords.co.uk.

Get a taster over at https://soundcloud.com/stolenbodyrecords/sets/dan-melchior-filthy-frozen.

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