Listen to this track and you may never feel at ease around pigeons again! Who would’ve thought to write such a random and menacing narrative about a seemingly harmless bird!!
When lockdown commenced, Welsh singer-songwriter, John Davies, a.k.a. John MOuse, seized the opportunity to create a new album. Described as the ‘Welsh Beck’, his concept behind The Goat was to write, record and release a song on a weekly basis. Each song, accompanied by its own artwork, was then uploaded to Bandcamp.
Social distancing meant that the music for the album was created Lincolnshire by long term collaborator Phil Pearce and then sent to John in Cardiff who worked on the lyrics and vocal melody for each track. The result came out as a heart on its sleeve, electronic pop album, which was heavy on spoken word and full of curious narratives – take today’s song for example!
Through wit, detail and wonderfully descriptive lyrics, Le Pigeon is all about terrifying pigeon encounters! Hurling you into a shifty world of melodic weird and wackiness, frightened lyrics describe how, “It glared at me and cocked its head to one side/ Beady lashes eyes deviously lifeless/ A lens into my soul/ As I froze it moved shifting its weight from one foot to another/ That was enough for me and i leaped back into my room, away from the pigeon…” I love Mouse’s way with words and the imagery they so effortlessly create… I like the randomness of it all and the tune is so catchy!!!
John MOuse released The Goat is now available digitally through Keep Me In Your Heart Records, whilst vinyl release is due on 28th August.
Check out the track above and grab a copy of the album from here.