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Malcolm Lucard

by Malcolm Lucard

Healthy helpings of urban, finger-pickin', story-tellin' folkgrass with a side of blues and jazz.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Moonboggle Boogie
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2. Lost
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3. Pretty in Gray
3:52 FREE
4. She Wants One
2:46 $0.99
5. I Don't Need a Tattoo
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6. Smelly Toes
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7. City Wolf
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8. Two-Headed Calf
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9. Die Young, Stay Pretty
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10. Cockroach
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11. Heart Attack Blues
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12. Sittin' on Top of the World
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Album Notes
Reviews of Malcolm's CD and music:

"This has got to be one of the most interesting CDs I have received over the last several months. A glimpse at the whimsical cover might give you a hint of what's inside. And what's inside, starting with the first cut, "Moonboggle Boogie," complete with trombone and banjo, wacky arrangement and vocals, dares to keep us listening. The second cut slows the pace with the more normal "Lost" with its thought-provoking lyrics about a man losing his way driving, and also in a relationship. "She Wants One" is a chirpy piece about a woman wanting a baby to the dismay of the man, and ending with a twist. This is not folk music, but the songs are cleverly arranged and performed. It was a great change of pace....My wife liked this CD, but then she likes weird things. A unique CD that should be given a listen.
- Stew's Reviews (Stewart Levitt)
from The Black Rose (newspaper of the Black Rose Acoustic Society, Colorado Springs, Colorado)

"Need a break from the evening news? Perhaps Malcolm Lucard can help. Titles like "Moonboggle Boogie," "I don't need a Tattoo," and "Two-headed Calf" reveal Lucard's wayward world view. Sure, he has a serious side too, but he's determined to have some fun. Recommended for the world weary."
- Sing Out Magazine

"One of the best new CDs we've gotten in lately."
- Pete Watson, KHEN-106.9 FM, Salida, CO

"Malcolm Lucard inhabits a wild world of moon colonies, smelly toes, two-headed calves, senility, human cockroaches and heart attacks. A world where 'you snore like a volcano' and 'scribbled graffiti all over my bones' pass for sweet nothings. It's a world of funky rhythms and musical surprises and power chords played by trombones ... Lucard tickles the brain not only with his stories, but with the melodies that carry them."
- Bill Reed, Colorado Springs Gazette

"Most of us get sick of songs that get stuck in our heads. The music of Lucard and [his band Irrational Exuberance] is in my head still, yet amazingly not annoying. In fact, though I only remember a few lyrics, I find that my mind's eagerness to replay IE's music a testament to their quality."
- The Catalyst, student newspaper of Colorado College

"Lucard is climbing the ladder of success and notoriety like a caffeinated red uakari monkey on a warm Peruvian day. Soon his quick, precise way with the strings and honest, original lyrics will propel him out of this burg - catch him before he's famous."
- Colorado Springs Independent

What's the story behind Malcolm Lucard's self-titled debut?

Malcolm Lucard's new self-titled CD unleashes 11 original songs, from the cheerful, apocalyptic opening romp, "Moonboggle Boogie," to the jumpin' bluegrass number "Two-headed Calf," to the funky and somewhat ambiguous love songs (Smelly Toes, She Wants One, and I don't need a Tattoo) for which the Colorado Springs-based songwriter is best known.

Ditties such as "Pretty in Gray," "City Wolf" and "Die Young Stay Pretty" reveal Malcolm's sensitive, deep side (it's in there, really), while jam meisters can wiggle their booties to the lounge grooves of "Cockroach" or the throbbing acoustic funk of "Heart Attack Blues."

Lucard's diverse palate of styles, musical arrangement and lyrical content are one reason why some reviewers praise his music as a quirky and fun antidote to the world weary. Lucard's lyrics "inhabit a wild world of moon colonies, smelly toes, two-headed calves, senility, human cockroaches and heart attacks," writes the Colorado Springs Gazette. "It's a world of funky rhythms and musical surprises and power chords played by trombones."

Malcolm doesn't mind the 'quirky' label. "I like songs that have interesting or funny lyrics - as well as diverse and unusual musical arrangements - that intrigue your mind, move your heart and make you wanna dance...all at the same time," Malcolm says to anyone who will listen.

Produced by Lucard and Brighton-based producer Butch Hause, Malcolm's debut CD was recorded in Colorado Springs' famous (if somewhat secretive) Western Jubilee Warehouse Theater, one of the state's most colorful and character-filled sound stages. It was in this room that Hause engineered the Grammy-nominated High Lonesome Cowboy, featuring Peter Rowan and Don Edwards, Norman and Nancy Blake, Tony Rice and Billy and Bryn Bright.

For his CD, Malcolm also had plenty of help from his friends. The CD features the powerful and soulful vocal harmonies of Gina Abendroth and Joe Uveges, two of Colorado's most gifted folk voices; the bluesy and articulate trombone playing of Jeremy Van Hoy and Andy Holst, both accomplished classical and jazz players; the incredible dobro, mandolin and banjo chops of Swallow Hill instructor and Colorado music phenom Ernie Martinez; the soaring lyrical sax work of Flash Cadillac's Dwight Bement; the guitar pickin' of longtime friend Owen Perkins, and the rich bottom tones of bass player and producer Hause. The last track features a one-take improv with Colorado bluesman John-Alex Mason, who brings his own brand of bottleneck slide guitar playing to the old classic "Sittin' on top of the World."

Aside from playing bass for Colorado-based roots and folk-based bands such as Runaway Express and Southern Exposure, Hause is a respected engineer and producer who has made numerous CDs with artists throughout the country. He also recently produced a CD with Mason and blues harper Gerry Hundt.

Known for keeping his recordings raw and honest, Hause relies more on good mic placement and live takes, rather than on special effects and post production. The result in this case is a CD with a deep, rich and sparse sound that captures the true character of these somewhat complex, lyrical tunes. "It was really important that the songs, the lyrics, come through," Hause says. "We have some great players on this record, so it really sings musically. But in the end, it's the songs that make the CD."



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