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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Monday, December 10, 2007
    Good scheme
    Well, yes; if you're going to begin a tour of Britain (set to music, not unlike Sufjan's interstate adventure) then where better to start than at the junction of the A572 and M62, Worsley. That's what The Woodcraft Folk are doing with their friend Dollboy and their Travels Around Britain CD series, and the segment of chopped-up old OS map they sent me with the limited edition 3" disc details that section of roadway in the years before the M60 was thought of. Dollboy offer the most minimalist reading of Morrisey's Last Night I Dreamt Somebody Loved Me that you'll ever hear, while The Woodcraft Folk cover The Fall's English Scheme with characteristic digital whimsicality, clicks, loops, birdsongs and all. It's beautiful.
    "O'er grassy dale, and lowland scene
    Come see, come hear, the English Scheme."
    I wonder where they'll travel next: and which section of old OS map I'll be proudly collecting with that release. Pre-Spaghetti Junction Birmingham I wonder, with covers of Judas Priest and Black Sabbath?
    "If we was smart we'd emigrate"
    - no, you got that wrong, M.E.S. Not with art like this around.