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Rain Machine

by Rick Foot

Dry, sardonic songs for voice and double bass.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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1. Broke the Weather
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2. Waiting for the Show
4:00 $0.99
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3. Start Again
3:41 $0.99
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4. The End of the World Was Last Thursday
0:20 $0.29
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5. Dreams of Noah
4:06 $0.99
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6. Everything Turns Beige
3:57 $0.99
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7. Aren't You Glad?
4:04 $0.99
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8. I Don't Want to Live Forever
3:29 $0.99
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9. Too Many Monkeys
3:12 $0.99
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10. Horses
4:33 $0.99
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11. When It Rains
4:05 $0.99
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12. Don't Go to Sleep
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Most of these songs fell out of the sky in the last year or so.

I've been making a living from playing the double bass for over twenty years, starting in jazz and abstract improvised music and slowly gravitating towards understated acoustic singer-songwriter territory. As a bassist this has invariably meant accompanying other people... so it's a surprise to have ended up with a collection of songs which seem to demand that I perform them on my own.

Arnie Cottrell plays guitar on Start Again and I Don't Want to Live Forever; otherwise, what you get is me, principally on double bass and voice with some additional cello (on Too Many Monkeys and When It Rains), guitar (on Monkeys and Sleep) and noise (throughout).

Dai Jeffries has reviewed the album for folking.com:

"On Rain Machine Rick Foot emerges as a singer-songwriter with a light but characterful voice and an original turn of phrase. True, some of his songs are as dark as the CD cover – ‘The End Of The World Was Last Thursday’ is a twenty second vignette that might give you a hint. The opening track, ‘Broke The Weather’, is a song I’d have on a permanent loop if I was in danger of feeling too happy and ‘Start Again’ reminds me inexplicably of ‘Walk On The Wild Side’ or rather the way it would have turned out had Holly come from Brighton, West Sussex. The best line of all comes in the chorus of ‘Everything Turns Beige’ where he sings “we’re all in the gutter but some of us are looking at Wetherspoons”, summing up the theme of the album as a catalogue of the insanities of modern life.

Rick says that he has been honing some of these songs for several years and the ease of his performance supports that. There are a few studio tricks such as the reverse tape on ‘When It Rains’, some minimal percussion and odd noises (I’m assuming that Rick is responsible for the bleating sheep) and you couldn’t exactly call Rain Machine straightforward but it is as simple as it can be given the ingredients and it’s damn good. It will be up there as one of my albums of the year."


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