PHILOSOPHIES of a MOTH Vol. 3
TWO YEARS TO LIVE
As a reviewer I have come to appreciate the quirky, different, strange, whacked and wonderful, in part because the idea of becoming 'normal' scares the joy of life out of me.
So when a CD arrived in a cloth sleeve my interest was pretty well peaked.
That the artist Scott Dunbar, out of British Columbia termed himself a one-man band also created interest.
Now I recognize many indie artists are multi-instrumentalists on their CDs, laying down the different tracks in small indie studios as they create works of passion, but most don't broadcast it as a calling card the way Dunbar does.
So I slide the disk in the laptop, plug in the earphones and wait in anticipation of something good.
There are two disks here, My Boy's Gonna Play in the Big Leagues, the first into the player, and then One Man Band, and they did not disappoint.
Dunbar is a gravely-voiced folkie, whose vocals grab you pretty quickly. There is definitely a touch of Bob Dylan going on here.
Even the lyrics are a bit Dylan-esque. Rocking Chair is an example.
"They're gonna tell you that life is a rocking chair
So they can leave you chained up
At the bottom of the stairs."
Dunbar is like that. He paints stark pictures with his words, making commentary on our world in the process. He gets what being a folk artist is all about.
So through songs like Ain't Mama, Dance Like A Devil, and The River, he simply gives us what is the best elements of his craft, throaty folk with a message.
If you like folk, or want to find out what makes the genre one to withstand the changes of time, look up this artist. Very good indeed.
Check him out at www.scottdunbar.wordpress.com
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Dec 15, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada