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Songs and Other Delusions

by The Mockingbirds

An eclectic blend of americana, mountain murder ballads; a tongue-in-cheek creepfest with hum-a-long toe-tappin' melodies.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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1. Hello This Is Paul (pt. 1)
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2. The Ballad of the Stalker
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5:17 $0.99
3. The Ballad of Lydia Sherman
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3:11 $0.99
4. Ghost Ships
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3:43 $0.99
5. Dreamtime
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2:10 $0.99
6. Hello This Is Paul (pt.2)
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2:09 $0.99
7. The Gashleycrumb Tinies
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5:19 $0.99
8. Shut
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3:25 $0.99
9. Our Mother the Mountain
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5:03 $0.99
10. The Butcher's Boy
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2:17 $0.99
11. Cubist Castle
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12. Hello (remix)
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Album Notes

This is Paul McNees' solo project. The first album was called "Songs and Other Delusions" and is available on CDBaby. On that album, Paul played most of the instruments and included members of his former band, Bass Line Dada. Paul was also a member and songwriter for the Bay Area band, Hoarhound whose other member Ari Fellows-Mannion went on to form Loretta Lynch with Val Esway (Ramona the Pest). The new album, Lacuna, will be produced by Mark Growden and is intended as a tribute to Paul's father who passed away in May of 2011. T

"Lacuna", the new record will include a stellar cast of musicians:
Paul McNees - vocals, acoustic guitar, slide guitar
Dan Cantrell (Tom Waits, Joanna Newsom, Beats Antique, and the Toids,)- accordion, saw, vocals
Alex Kelly ( National Symphony Orchestra, Zakir Hussain, Bob Weir, Clint Black, Joan Jeanrenaud, Tiger Lillies ,more...) - cello
Lisa Mezzacappa (Bait & Switch and Nightshade, duo B., Cylinder, the Permanent Wave Ensemble, and the Mezzacapa-Phillips Duo, more) - upright bass
Clay Koweek (Mark Growden)- acoustic guitar, mandolin
Mark Growden (The Crux, Splatter Trio, Bob Weir, Tiger Lillies) - banjo, backup vocals, arrangements, production

with: Ari Fellows-Mannion - harmony vocals
Chris Grady - Cornet
Myles Boisen - dobro, guitar, engineering


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The Mockingbirds
For those who love versatile and an acoustic prowess with poetic, lyrical accompaniment of an ever increasing body count, that is human nature. Soft spoken, hauntingly beautiful—an incredible sense of timelessness. My favorites change with each listening: #2, 3, 6, 7 and 11 for starters.

Yellow Magic

Heavy Rotation
I love this album! The tunes are so beautiful and subdued… like Low or Cowboy Junkies, but less drowse-inducing than those bands. It goes down so smoothly that I find myself listening over and over. There’s an amazing mix of acoustic and electric arrangements, and a use of samples and field recordings that rewards both focused listening and ambient play. The melancholy folk sounds stand out, but it’s Americana meets the avant-garde! There is also a lot of humor in this album, which surprises me in a good way. Usually I don’t go for overt humor in music, but when this album gets silly, it always catches me off guard and I get a chuckle out of it. Sometimes the tongue-in-cheek humor is delivered via lyrics in one of the pretty melodies. That said, it’s often as dark as a Nick Cave record, but much more lovely.