Limited Wild Strawberry Splatter vinyl
When we first got obsessed with Thee Oh Sees, Brigid Dawson was a key component of their sound and charm. To be honest, despite all the line-up and name changes they've gone through, the first image that comes to mind when I think of Thee Oh Sees still has Brigid Dawson with one hand on the keys and the other clutching a tambourine as she provides her crucial characteristics to the vocals and keeps the melodies in check, whilst John Dwyer yelps, gasps for air and swallows the microphone, alongside Petey Dammit and Mike Shoun.
Dawson still pops up on most Oh Sees records and recently reunited with Dwyer as OCS once more for Memory Of A Cut Of Head
. Her voice is so familiar and these songs so strong that I keep forgetting that Ballet Of Apes
is her debut solo record. "Solo record" is not quite accurate however, as she enlists a whole host of international friends (aka The Mothers Network) to participate, including Mikey Young (Total Control/Eddy Current Suppression Ring), Mike Donovan (Sic Alps), Mike Shoun (that's a lot of Mikes) and Brooklyn jazz-psych freaks Sunwatchers. The resulting album sits shuffling lo-fi bluesy dirges alongside seriously heartrending ballads and long psychedelic jazz eruptions. The first of many we hope!