Hav­ing spent a cou­ple of days in 1958, let’s jump fifty-nine years for­ward to 2017, and en­joy 13, a moody, soul­ful num­ber by Toron­to­ni­an Al­lan Ray­man. It’s here be­cause I heard it on the ra­dio and liked it. I still haven’t man­aged to get a 2018 song in­to the 2018 Songs of the Day, but I’m get­ting closer.

Roadhouse 01 by Allan Rayman

Ray­man is not a very pub­lic per­son and his self-presentation is ec­cen­tric. His web­site is about as stripped-down as you can get. He doesn’t seem to play any in­stru­ments but ap­par­ent­ly writes all the mu­sic and pro­duces too. Live, he of­ten ap­pears with just a gui­tarist and a DJ, which I guess we can for­give him for.

13 is id­iosyn­crat­ic, in­ter­leav­ing a scratchy-voiced com­plaint about some­one talkin’, talkin’, talkin’ with smooth vo­cals and a gui­tar riff that sounds like the one in Muse’s Upris­ing. Any­how, it doesn’t sound like any­thing else I’ve heard re­cent­ly, but it sounds good.

This is part of the Song of the Day se­ries (back­ground).

Links · Spo­ti­fy playlist. This tune on Ama­zon, iTunes, Spo­ti­fy. I checked out a cou­ple of live videos but they left me cool be­cause they didn’t have that id­iosyn­crat­ic stu­dio mag­ic. But this un­plugged take at the CBC shines a com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent light on the song and works well.

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