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Monday, 17 December 2012

Song of the Week - 'Gathering Dust'

This track is lifted from the second Eisenhowers album.  Musically, it is heavily influenced by great British pop, specifically the Kinks and XTC.  The rhythm section – Ross Morgan and Fraser Sneddon- is solid throughout, with Ross also providing some nifty percussion work.  Emma Jane’s chirpy backing vocals contrast nicely with the rather caustic tone of the lyric.   

The song dwells on cynicism and self-regard, inspired by an ugly conversation held at a party in the wee small hours of the morning.  The central character is a person who has become so cynical and jaded that he has all but ceased to engage with the world.  He’s the kind of guy who creeps around Facebook hoping to find that his former friends and acquaintances are now divorced, bankrupt and selling the Big Issue.   
You might well conclude that the moral of the story is that you shouldn’t get involved in late-night conversations with miserable singer-songwriters.  Not unless, that is, you have no problem with your drunken remarks being woven into songs that literally quite a few people might hear.    

Gathering Dust


  1. One of my favourite Eisenhowers tracks and one that my kids have latched onto... it's been on heavy rotation in our house since 2009 (I kid ye not). Great tune, good vibe, a pure pop classic (not to mention a killer key change before the chorus kicks in). Do you remember that 1980s campaign about how "life sounds better to music"? This is the soundtrack!

  2. Hey, Tim - good to hear from you. Thanks for those very kind comments. You may be pleased to learn that I'll be posting some new 'Eisenhowers-shaped' material on this blog early in the new year.

    1. Excellent news! Watching this space as we speak... Enjoy the festive period.