Stephen Jay | Things Change

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Things Change

by Stephen Jay

Stephen Jay's latest solo offering, "THINGS CHANGE", is a collection of songs written and recorded before his 1st album, "SEA NEVER DRY". These previously unreleased, unheard recordings include 14 songs and several instrumentals re-mastered for CD.
Genre: Pop: Pop Underground
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1. Hungry Target
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2. Circle of the Sun
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3. Chez Yago
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4. Tangible
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5. Somebody to Find
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6. Things Change
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7. Innocent Tornados
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8. Hollow Man
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9. Go Like This
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10. Where One Is
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11. Unless
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12. Humanity
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13. The Way Out
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14. Teacher Talk
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15. Standing in Our Way
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16. One Moving Part
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17. Sea Never Dry
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18. You've Got It
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Ridiculously tight, ultra funky happenings between Jay's bass and long time partner Pete Gallagher's drums are the crux of the biscuit.


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Louise Hunter

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Things Change is a collection of recordings that have been looking for a home since before Stephen Jay's first album "Sea Never Dry" in 1997. Listening to these songs now they have finally been released, some of them do have that distinctive retro feel, but that is not to say that they sound dry or dated. Stephen Jay's work always has something new and fresh to offer every time you listen. Here there is infinite variety.

1. Hungry Target. A positively medieval firefly waltz to puzzle, challenge and take you out of time
2. Circle of the Sun. The gentle throbbing of this track speaks of ancient mysticism and profound love. Made me think of Kate Bush
3. Chez Yago. Busy industrial instrumental. A factory train forges through a landscape of tamed steel and concrete.
4. Tangible. Cool catchy reggae; a wistful but upbeat pop song
5. Somebody To Find. Makes you want to dance and to smile; pleasingly unpredictable
6. Things Change. Funky, dancey angular 80s Bowie-esque treat
7. Innocent Tornadoes. Flows like honey on an escalator, hypnotic like cream swirled into coffee, bouncy like a fat bird on a thin branch.
8. Hollow Man. Dense threatening jungle drums drive the rhythmic pulse. A melancholic ethereal chant underpins the drums like a meditative mantra
9. Go Like This. A light poppy treatment of a great favourite, which, for me, lacks the gutteral immediacy of the unplugged acoustic version, but still a masterpiece song.
10. Where One Is. A far eastern flavored rock pool full of life and movement. A small but busy world of micro maelstroms
11. Unless. Brutally rhythmic laser guided, purposeful relentless, unchained
12.Humanity. Warmly philosophical song wrapped in a gently urban funk glide
13.The Way Out. Chilled, soft distant chant with a timeless quality
14.Teacher Talk. Happy undemanding little instrumental
15.Standing in our Way. Smooth retro pop soul fusion and slightly reminicent of The Blue Nile
16.One Moving Part. Wonderful slice of cool adult pop rock with a beautiful message
17. Sea Never Dry. Wonderfully sophisticated, yet gently intimate song counterpointing innocent spacious melody with free floating jazz/prog rock
18. You've Got It. A return to the relentless savage pulse of Hollow Man through which the vocal threads its way like a column of ants surging across the jungle floor