Sunday, January 31, 2010

Conory - Marking Time

Hear The Track Here

It took a while for me to get with what Conory was doing and when I reviewed I'm Still In Love (Directors Cut) (July 2009) I wrote 'the best thing I have heard from him and one of the best listens I've had this year' and gave it a Must Have. Since then? Silence. Nada. Zip. Bupkiss. Sheesh, talk about playing hard to get :) Here though, we have a brand spanking new Conory track, uploaded this month and only the fourth Conory track I've had the pleasure of reviewing surprisingly enough. After all, his page sports 49 tracks, and given his usual standard none of them will be too shabby and many of them well worth a listen or download.

Like Marking Time for example.

A cheerful, uplifting 'bit of hokum where the character finds a way of getting into ladies' dreams so that he can have sex with them' OK, so far so good, sounds like a good plan to me PornoMan!! However, 'the object of his attentions comes back through into the waking world and, NOT being human, it possesses him' and that doesn't sound pleasant at all. The track, however is more than pleasant to listen to; a good song and a varied and interesting arrangement helps to put it across - as does the distinctly UK flavour (Got to be caerful (hee hee) here, I think Conory is Welsh). A bit more rock oriented than other UK artists you may be familiar with but that's not a bad thing either.

Despite the gloominess of the lyrical content, as I say, Marking Time is remarkably upbeat and reminds me strongly of a much more melodic XTC in their prime but they may be the tone of the song itself. Certainly it's as musically adventurous as anything XTC did, although with a marked rock/pop sound. Take some time to get to know this track and I think you may end up liking it as much as I ended up doing. Admittedly I am biased because of the influences mentioned, and it has to be said this isn't as immediate as I'm Still In Love, and even sounds a bit scrappy towards the end of the track. Small change though because it IS such a likable track.

Highly Recommended rock pop/weird.

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