“I try to write as if it’s forever,” says Lyndon Morgans, alias Welsh singer-songwriter Songdog. The Blackwood native has certainly achieved this artistic objective on his seventh album, the sublime ‘Joy Street’ (2017).
While the eleven tracks here retain what NME once described as “glacier-paced folk noir”, the collection augments Songdog’s melancholic majesty with a radio-friendly buoyancy. This is particularly the case on ‘It’s Not A Love Thing’, which Lyndon calls “Ray Davies’ Terry and Julie on Waterloo Bridge updated for a less optimistic age”, and ‘Raise Your Glass In Praise’, which finds him “blowing a kiss to all those who find my stuff too bleak”.
Of course, there are those who find empathy in Songdog’s forlorn balladry. And this particular constituency will feel gratified by the likes of ‘The Old Superhero’, ‘Amen, Baby, Amen’ and the title track, whose plaintive melodies and profound poeticism traverse familiar terrain of love and loss. The whole thing is beautifully blended by renowned producer Nigel Stonier, who has previously worked with Fairport Convention, Joan Baez and Thea Gilmore.
In addition to fellow Songdog regulars Karl ‘Pod’ Woodward and Dave Paterson - playing guitar, banjo, mandolin, accordion and drums - Lyndon is joined by several guest musicians, including Thea Gilmore, who appears as backing vocalist on four songs.
‘Joy Street’ has received critical acclaim from the likes of Mojo, Uncut, The Mirror, Maverick and Americana UK, amongst others. Tracks have been played on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6Music, including a recent session on Tom Robinson's show, plus on other regional and international shows.
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Songdog's previous albums include 'Last Orders at Harry's Bar’,‘A Life Eroding’, ‘A Wretched Sinner's Song’, ‘The Time Of Summer Lightning’, ‘Haiku’ and ‘The Way Of The World’. The music has received praise from the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Robert Wyatt.