(If you listen to this song, let me know in the comments if you like it or not.)
Every once in a while, usually while I’m driving in traffic, an awful, violent thought flashes through my mind. Then, I think, “Wow, that was unacceptable”; I pop another Lexapro; and I move on with my day. I can imagine singer/songwriter Alec Ounsworth having a similar experience, but instead thinking, “What a great idea for a song.”
[picapp src=”e/7/6/c/Lollapalooza_2007_36bc.jpg?adImageId=6420668&imageId=2449787″ width=”234″ height=”351″ /] [picapp src=”2/e/0/a/6f.jpg?adImageId=6420982&imageId=1626204″ width=”234″ height=”351″ /] (Left, Singer/Songwriter Alec Ounsworth; Right, Friendly Serial Killer, Dexter)
As an example, see an excerpt of his lyrics from the new song, “Bones in the Grave.”
(Help me out with the correct lyrics if you know them.)
“Bald head and John’s convict tattoos
Ice raining, ice for hours
Ready, see medicine boy
Leaps the ??? …
But the nurse has yet to arrive
“So I killed Johnny’s pregnant shadow
While he was fast asleep
The doctor says don’t let him go
He wants me six feet deep
“Gotta’ get them bones, in the grave
Get them bones, in the grave
Get them booooones…”
Disturbing! Is Alec a serial killer in the making? Nah. Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he’s a creative guy who exorcises his demons through his art…or something like that.
Musically, I love everything about “Bones in the Grave,” on the album, “Mo Beauty,” which was recorded in New Orleans. Drummer Stanton Moore begins the song like he’s an animal in a cage, rattling noisy chains with his teeth. An organ, creeping like a spider, joins a guitar playing whatever the hell it wants, not necessarily in tune with anything else.
Ounsworth’s nasally voice is front and center, channeling 1982 Gordon Gano (singer of the Violent Femmes) to great effect.
By the time the band finishes the chorus, I’m clapping and singing along.
So just in time for Halloween and as the fourth season of Dexter is well underway, solo artist Alec Ounsworth (also from the musical projects Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Flashy Python) gives us a great song in a scary package.
Thanks, Alec, and take those meds, it helps!
To experience “Bones in the Grave” for yourself, listen to the album, “Mo Beauty,” released Oct. 20, 2009, Anti, Inc. Ounsworth’s Web sites include www.myspace.com/alecounsworth and www.anti.com/artists/view/73 .
Source: www.anti.com/artists/view/73 (Ounsworth’s artist page)
Second and Third Favorite Songs This Week: 2. Miguel Zenón – “Esta Plena” from the album, “Esta Plena” (Latin Jazz) and 3. Lyle Lovett – “Pantry” from the Album, “Natural Forces” (Country)
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