Plush Gordon: Internet Box #1

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We’ve been working on this project for a while now. By “we,” I mean Plush Gordon. We’re calling the project an internet box because it sounds cooler than “web page with a bunch of free files you can download.” But that’s essentially what it is. And the files, if we may say so in all humility, are pretty cool.

First, there’s the music — a four-track EP titled Slow Drive Through a Strange World and handful of bonus tracks. My favorite track on the EP is called “Madrid.” It’s not about the Spanish city. It’s about a town in New Mexico. More or less.

And if you want to sing along, we’ve included illustrated lyrics. Fun fact: For some of the songs, there are more verses on the lyric sheet than in the recorded version. We can’t explain this fact. Things just worked out that way.

As if illustrated lyrics weren’t enough, we also provide some literature! Specifically, we’ve include a manifesto that spells out our artistic principles, a piece of autofiction that comes reasonably close to explaining how we recorded the EP, and a short story titled “Madrid,” which inspired the song of the same name.

Next, we have a video for the third song on the EP, “Red Door,” which blends animation and vintage stock footage to tell the story of a motorist who is struggling to find his way in the world as he slowly loses of his faculties.

And there’s the short film we shot. It’s called Milk Fudge. We filmed it over the course of five days as part of a competition, which we were fortunate enough to have won. Listen for the first song on the EP, “Silver Nissan,” playing in the background.

Finally, we have some art and the credits for the EP. We feel especially fortunate to have so many people working on the project — ten musicians and fourteen members of our studio team, all of whom make up what we lovingly think of as the Plush Gordon continuum.

It’s all free to download. You can pick and choose what you like. And we won’t even be offended if you don’t like any of it. We admit that we’re kind of an acquired taste. But if you do enjoy it — or you know someone who might enjoy it — please feel free to share the music and/or the following link with your friends: https://www.hungryhourmusic.com/slow-drive

Thanks for checking it out!

Soft Light: A Disco Riff on TS Eliot

Back in high school, I had a teacher named Joe Griffin who turned me on to TS Eliot. I think we spent the first semester of my senior year reading Murder in the Cathedral. It’s a play in which a bishop knows he’s going to get murdered by a king but does nothing to save himself because he has principles (or something along those lines). And though the temptation to write a song based on that one was exceedingly difficult to resist, I decided to go with another classic, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.”

Of course, I’m not the first person to write a song that riffs on “Prufrock.” Crash Test Dummies had a hit in the nineties with “Afternoons & Coffeespoons.” It’s from the part of the poem where the narrator, J. Alfred Prufrock, muses, “For I have known them all already, known them all:/Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons,/I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.”

Prufrock, as you may recall, is a bit of a sad sack. He stands in a corner like a wallflower through the entire poem, trying and failing to muster the courage to ask a woman to meet him for a cup of tea sometime. My version of the story has the woman noticing him and taking charge of the situation despite his thinning hair. If you want to know why, you’ll have to listen to the song, but here’s a hint: it’s all about lighting.