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Bart Davenport - Physical World
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Bart Davenport

Physical World


Released: 3rd March 2014 | 10 track pop album

This LP comes with a free download of the album!

The album opens with the northern soul tinged 'Wearing The Changes', a feel good, inspirational jam, dedicated to old friends. Davenport's Motown rhythm is complimented by Faler's Orange Juice flavored guitar work. Track two is 'Fuck Fame', a catchy dance floor musing on the merits of anonymity, climaxing with an abstract blues solo from Davenport. Next up is 'Dust In The Circuits', a tale of isolation in the big city. Bacharach-ian lounge chords are set to a new wave backbeat and Marr-esque guitars. This sort of juxtaposition is what sets Davenport's work apart from his peers; harmonic sophistication with a deceptively fun feel and all the while, a sense of melancholy lurks beneath the surface. 'On Your Own Planet' continues in this vein. Finally, side one closes with 'Girl Gotta Way'. This ballad in minor key features Bart's dramatic baritone on a bed of syhthesizers, complimented by film noir guitar from Faler.

Side two starts with the rock & roll-y 'Pamela' followed by 'Physical World', a softrock shuffle with an existential slant. The title track discusses the balance between fantasy and reality, between the gravity of this time and the weightless of space. Track three, 'Every Little Step', has an r&b feel and is followed by the decidedly power pop, 'Vow'. Producer, Luke Top brings the west coast atmosphere of tom toms and plate reverb to the closing track, 'Loop In My Head', a final statement about breaking out of depression, obsession and monotony. The song, like much of the whole album, has a feel that is both humble and triumphant. That might be Davenport in a nutshell. The same contrast is captured in Freddy Cristy's cover art. A cartoon superhero is perched on the edge of a building, not fighting crime at the moment, just changing a guitar string.

The album received a great review in Pitchfork. You can read it here: