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Mermaids

by Stephen Lomas

Here's your funk & swagger & lots of it - rhythmic, edgy & percussive with sometimes the delicate touch of traditional music, just so you can catch your breath. Here you'll be reminded of The Pogues, Dire Straits, Martin Simpson & Bob Dylan.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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1. No Night for Lovers
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2. Up All Night
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3. Mermaids
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4. Moreton Bay
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5. ANZAC Day
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6. Tall Ship
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7. Wigram Road
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8. Spinnin'
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9. All You Sinners
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10. His American Dream
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11. Feels Like Hawaii
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12. Another Man in your Life
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13. Under the Southern Cross
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Inhabiting a realm between Dylan at his moodiest, The Pogues at their jumpin'est & Ry Cooder at his pickin'est, Stephen Lomas has produced a coherent & engaging CD of original songs & instrumentals.

Long time ex-pat & recent re-pat Australian, Lomas recorded this offering in California in 1999. It is undeniably Australian in character & subject with themes including Anzac Day & the Southern Cross. There is often an Irish lilt to his easy finger style guitar playing that shifts deftly into the familiar strains of Click Go the Shears & Moreton Bay. It is in his songs such as the opener No Night For Lovers & Wigram Road that Lomas drifts into a Dylanesque landscape of image & imagination, inhabiting a zone that is at times edgy & brooding with instrumentation echoing the organ/guitar arrangements of The Band in their prime.

These darker moods are lightened by tracks such as Up All Night, Mermaids & Spinnin' that hop along at a bright & lively pace on a road somewhere between the Alice & Anaheim. Lomas also delivers beautifully rendered solo guitar interpretations of traditional Celtic Australian classics such as Moreton Bay & a medley of traditional tunes dubbed Under the Southern Cross. Exhibiting a crisp, lyrical style, he captures the melancholy mood of these pieces, creating space in & around his playing in which to set his gentle phrasing adrift.

All You Sinners shifts from a brooding introduction with strains of Ed Kuepper into a rollicking jig that would have any Pogues fan kicking the air. Lomas' guitar playing provides the spine from which he hangs his compositions. His easy & comfortable finger styles at times give way to swampy slide & full tilt raunch. His vocals mesh effortlessly with his playing, exhibiting a soulful & enviable marriage of talent & skill.

review by Michael Shrapnel for indie-cds.com 2006


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i'm turning japanese

Mermaids says it all.....refreshing and timely..Go for it Stephen
I am biased...I knew the Lomas boy when he was a puppy. Listening to those tracks just crystalised a lot of what growing up for us was like. Anzac Day should be, by all rights, an aussie icon song.

Funny ... for Stephen it represents a picture of an event that didn't happen...for me it represents the truth of it- my ancient head having been patted by sundry diggers when I was a sproglet...and that smell of decay and stale beer is as fresh as yesterday for me.

Musically I'm a bit of a retard...but Stephen can surely make those strings hum!

Buy it!!!!!!

i'm turning japanese

Mermaids says it all.....refreshing and timely..Go for it Stephen
I am biased...I knew the Lomas boy when he was a puppy. Listening to those tracks just crystalised a lot of what growing up for us was like. Anzac Day should be, by all rights, an aussie icon song.

Funny ... for Stephen it represents a picture of an event that didn't happen...for me it represents the truth of it- my ancient head having been patted by sundry diggers when I was a sproglet...and that smell of decay and stale beer is as fresh as yesterday for me.

Musically I'm a bit of a retard...but Stephen can surely make those strings hum!

Buy it!!!!!!

Tracy

Great music to chill with
Mermaids CD was so realaxing to listen to. Great to chill with a glass of wine & listen to all day