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Grand Salvo

July 13, 2009

grand salvo and ZOE
The other night I was ordering a beer, looked to my left and saw Paddy Man… Grand Salvo himself! I was too afraid to say anything to him but I did bask in his glow for a while before moving away. I mean what could I say to probably the best songwriter in Australia? “I love your latest album man”? Oh yeah, I guess that could have worked. Oh well it was good enough standing near him without the barrier of a stage. Now to stand next to Zoe Randell…

From his new album Soil Creatures, comes “Needles”, a song he has beautifully been playing live for a while now but sounds just as good recorded. The sing song melody, the softly strummed guitar and the sheer brilliance of the lyrics… it’s the perfect song for lying in bed while the rain pounds at your window. But it’s also the perfect song to hear when sun shines through your curtain. Mann’s lyrics seem exclusively designed to make you feel nostalgic and this song brings up inescapable childhood memories. Moments of discovery and happiness… and then he breaks your heart when he moans “now that I’m old I miss it ten thousand fold”. Magic. 

“Brother” again follows the pattern of simple guitar and haunting vocals. It’s about a million times more sad than “Needles” though, as it tells of someone’s brother dying, with stunning simplicity and depth. Mann manages to paint a family’s struggle to cope with grief within just a few short verses. The arrangement of soft guitar piano is also mesmerising.

"Needles" mp3
"Brother" mp3
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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Sarah C permalink
    July 14, 2009 7:41 pm

    Youre a dag, Nick. You should have bought him a beer, or said that you’d buy him one if you could afford it.

  2. Elyse permalink
    July 16, 2009 6:19 am

    You should have asked him for Zoe Randall’s phone number.

  3. Ana permalink
    July 27, 2009 1:33 pm

    He is as gentle and nice as his lyrics suggest – not one of those arrogant bastards who would consider it an intrusion if you spoke to him. He’d probably be chuffed to know what you think of his music – who wouldn’t be?

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