Old Time Sing Song Man

by Archer

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Rob Miller
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Rob Miller Caught Archer playing a couple of tracks live on Inside Sleeve on Radio National and chatting with Paul Gough. I was bowled over by his authentic, gritty 'black' blues sound and his capacity to zero in on all those favorite themes... love, loss, desolation ... you always know when you are listening to a real artist.
Thom Evans
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Thom Evans The apparent simplicity of these recordings belies the great depth of narrative, humanity and humour within. No bullshit, no airs and graces, just great, old fashioned songs from a charming outsider. Favorite track: One grain a sand.
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Archer is a funny guy. You never quite know when you’re going to see him again or what on earth he’s been doing in the meantime. And you never quite know what strange things he’s going to say, or what kind of songs he’s going to sing. Or what kind of album he’s going to come out with for that matter. He’s got raucous songs, and bawdy songs, and classic old vaudeville style comedy songs and classically structured little two minute nuggets of country brilliance. But those aren’t the songs on this album. This is a collection of songs that all share a certain mood. Some of them are sweet and some are sad and some are slyly humorous, but they all have this sense of rambling. A resigned sort of wandering sadness. As he sings his songs about bushrangers and time machines and the fire that burnt his house down, his rich craggy voice meanders all over the place, his guitar rolling along, sending odd misplucked notes ringing out into the ether and rolling on through them. You get the feeling these are the kind of songs he sings when he’s alone, just staring out the window. And consequently it’s the kind of record you want to put on and just stare out the window and into Archer’s mind. And then when it finishes you want to put it on again. I’ve been listening to it all week, and when side two finishes, I just put on side one again. And I get a little more each time.

- Richie1250


released November 7, 2014

Produced by Martin Martini
All songs by Archer except track 4 (spiritual), track 6 written by Cliff
Carlisle, track 11written by Bob Miller and track 12 (spiritual).
Tracks 1- 7 Recorded and Mixed by Michael O'Connell at Sing Sing Studios, Cremorne, Vic, Australia, Feb 1, 2014.
Tracks 8-13 Recorded and Mixed by Phil Noy at the Blackwood Community Hall in Blackwood, Vic; and Jason's house in Smeaton,
Vic, Oct 21, 2013.
Mastered by Gavin Lurssen at Lurssen Mastering, Hollywood, CA.
Photography by Wilk.
Design by Stuart Geddes.



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