Music Reviews

Pip Proud

A Yellow Flower

Emperor Jones

This CD makes me think about Daniel Johnston as a 60 year old. Scattered thoughts thrown against the solid and rhythmic strumming of a guitar. Almost poetic, but more stream of consciousness. Australian Pip Proud tells his own stories, “I leave marks in the sand, leave messages for you, and try not to cry•” and of course, “Jazz is dangerous thing for us guys who sing•”. Singing isn’t a strong point here, but the vocals do get the point across, like a demented folk hero, championing his own cause, wandering the wastelands with a guitar for support and making music for those who will listen. Not always pleasant, but the songs do cause you to laugh, sometimes think, sometimes both.

Emperor Jones,

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