A L’Eau, C’Est L’Heure

Mucky Sailor

Mucky Sailor
Albatross Silly Albatross
UK CARE IN THE COMMUNITY RECORDINGS 10” EP

To my mind, the archetypal mucky sailor would regale his audience of inquisitive holidaymakers/locals with tales of as to why, in some areas of the U.K., sailors acquired the name of “Skates”. Inter-species liaisons? Now that’s mucky! In the real world however, the real flesh’n’blood Mucky Sailor is a two-piece outfit comprising organist Gus Bousfield and drummer Steve Nuttall, and are firmly entrenched, sea-starved and land-locked, within the confines of the Leeds underground.

In a live setting, they really must be quite a spectacle, as the duo apparently dress in naval rig-out while Bousfield sways about like a loon, with a hand-crafted ships wheel oscillator, creating a sea-sickness-inducing tableau of life on the raging sea. On record though, Albatross… which appears to have Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” as its theme, is a cranky slice of no wave art funk, headed by Gus’s ultra heavily distorted vocal blather’n’spume. Its creaking timbres made gloriously ragged around its fringes by a motley collection of brass and woodwind mouth-breathers, operating under the name of ‘The Muckestra’; their wild and free horn salvoes bringing to mind a loud report or two from The Laughing Clowns (Ed Kuepper’s combo – Post Saints). The ‘B’ side “Beefy Bells” (The Bells of Beefy) lets slip another facet of the M.S. persona, the near gregorian backing vox giving the piece a distinctly doom-laden europrog edge.

‘The Club for British Musical Eccentrics’, situated in an alternate dimension Pall Mall, seems to have had its exclusive membership increased by two; Gus and Steve now finding themselves in the company of luminaries such as Renaldo & The Loaf, John the Postman and William B. Strickland.

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