Helpless Dancer

The Endless Note

2010 Top 30 New and Old #15

The Swimmer One album Dead Orchestras was another late arrival for me in 2010.

Prompted by my liking of Andrew Eaton’s solo project Seafieldroad I checked out his bands output and bought the album on the strength of hearing this particular song which attracted me given I cross the song’s topic twice almost every day of the week.

“The Erskine Bridge” – Swimmer One

I thought I’d end up here, I even knew where to park the car.
I thought I’d drive out here, I even wrote a goodbye note
but I am so scared of exits, I cling like a coward to the railings
then silently scream at the traffic while the water indifferently flows
under the Erskine Bridge

I’m sorry for all the pain. I’m sorry for all of the heartbreak I caused you.
I didn’t know myself or understand anything that I felt for you.
Too caught up in the water’s indifference to everything we built above it,
The way it says: ‘Any time I like, I could rise up and smash that bridge
And carry you all out to sea.’

And if i had loved you more, and if I had been content
with feeling safe and solid as bricks in a bridge it still would not be enough.
I am tired of feeling numb, like there’s so much guilt and anger trapped inside
that there’s nothing to do but jump, just to watch it all explode into the sky.
There is no escaping the sadness of love, the cruelty of love,
the violence, the cold cold water.

So I will be leaving but I won’t go that way
because I don’t believe in all these tall buildings.
They are not ours, we should tear them down.
Yes I will be leaving but I won’t go that way
because if I don’t do something I will always be here in the shadow of the Erskine Bridge.

The river has burst its banks, everything’s floating away out to sea.
I am not scared.

To buy the music of Swimmer One click HERE

To view a previous post on Swimmer One click HERE

For the second year I participated in Vinyl Villian’s Paul Haig Day (click HERE).

However for most of the year I have actually spent more time listening to the great Paul Haig and Billy MacKenzie album “Memory Palace” from which this little rocker has become a firm favourite.

“Listen Again” – Haig/MacKenzie

To buy this album click HERE

December 16, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, New Music, Old Music, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

2010 Top 30 New and Old #19

Another late entry to my Top 30 this solo album from Swimmer One singer Andrew Eaton was only released at the end of November but made an immediate impact with me.

An album of piano based songs it lives in a world somewhere between The Bathers and The Blue Nile though it doesn’t have the polish of the latter or the complexities of the former it is the perfect soundtrack to those maudlin Sunday’s we will all experience come January.

“Hanging” – Seafieldroad

The album is only currently available for purchase as a download from the Swimmer One  website HERE or from eMusic by clicking HERE

Tom Waits is another of my artists of the year and will feature in Christmas and New Year holiday posts as well.

I have always been a big fan of his earlier albums with “Closing Time” being a particular favourite, this year however I have delved further and deeper into his later works.

My choice for this post is however from the 1985 album “Rain Dogs” and in particular the song chosen was due to it being covered by James Grant at his recent concert at The Fox and Hounds in Houston (see HERE).

“Clap Hands” – Tom Waits

To buy the music of Tom Waits click HERE

December 12, 2010 Posted by | New Music, New Releases | , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Music – Seafieldroad

A late contender for “Album Of The Year” may well be the latest musical project from Swimmer One singer Andrew Eaton (above) who has delivered an album of piano based songs titled “There Are No Maps For This part Of The City” under the guise of “Seafieldroad”.

The songs have a very melancholy feel about them and will appeal to fans of The Blue Nile , Steven Lindsay and Craig Armstrong.

“Hanging” – Seafieldroad

In promotion of the album release tomorrow (29/11/10) you can dowload two free tracks by clicking HERE

For years he had been writing music on the piano – delicate, melancholy, occasionally funny songs inspired by writers as diverse as Mark Eitzel, Momus, Jane Siberry, Suzanne Vega and Steve Reich.

A few of these (The Dark Ages, The Erskine Bridge, Drowning Nightmare 1) evolved into songs for Swimmer One’s first two albums, but until recently most of them stayed in his head.

Erskine Bridge

“Erskine Bridge” – Swimmer One

To buy the music of Swimmer One click HERE

Then, while finishing their second album, Dead Orchestras, Swimmer One decided it was time to record some of this other music as well. Andrew played piano and sang. Laura Cameron Lewis co-wrote several new songs and sang too. Hamish Brown produced it all and added electronic noises and ambient effects. The very talented Pete Harvey (Withered Hand, Meursault, The Starlets, The Leg) contributed string arrangements.

The results can be heard on two albums released by Biphonic Records – visit

November 28, 2010 Posted by | New Music, New Releases | , , , , , | 1 Comment


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