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.
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.
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.