Luke Haines - the musician's name immediately evokes memories of The Auteurs, Baader-Meinhof or Black Box Recorder - all musical playgrounds on which the multi-instrumentalist and singer once let off steam. His latest release is a musical radio play, a fable in the style of Kenneth Graham's "Der Wind in den Weiden". However, the animals here are based on real characters: The fun-loving fox stands for Jimmy Pursey (head of the rock'n'roll sham 69), the unwavering badger for Nick Lowe (numerous solo releases, Brinsley Black and Rockpile) and the wacky cat - how could it be any different? - for the biting rock'n'roll animal Gene Vincent. Haines tells with his songs - occasionally supported by the speaker Julia Davis - a story of the inhabitants of Magic Town and their adversaries like the "Fuck Ugly Bird". Very charming. The music's right, too. From soft psychedelia to traditional British folk to classical singer-songwriter Haines moves through the genres with ease and refinement.
Top Track: Magic Town