Vincent Wells, my old art teacher, was an eccentric old buffer. While his passion for art was never in question, his teaching methods were dubious to say the least. Lines, shapes, perspective and colour all passed me by. But one thing he said has remained with me to this day: burnt sienna. It was the way he said it; imagine a cross between Frank Muir and Brian Sewell and you won't be far off. If I can shoehorn the word into everyday parlance, I'm a happy man. Whether it be choosing a floor covering or a lacquer to paint the garden fence, dropping it in to conversation always makes me smile. As it did today when Matt Priest and Nigel Clark of Dodgy were describing the colour of their new album, Stand Upright In A Cool Place on The Word podcast. No, not the colour of the sleeve, the colour of the songs and the vibe. Brown and gold they said. Burnt Sienna I said out loud - to an empty room. And I grinned like an idiot.
Combining self-penned modern day folk songs like Raggedstone Hill with their trademark jangly, dreamy backdrop, the boys who stayed out for the Summer are now the men coming home for the Autumn. That's not my quote by the way. Anyway, have a listen to this and see if you agree with the livery of this cracking new tune.
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