Technically two years in the making, the new Roger Houdaille album was essentially started and finished in a matter of days. This new release brings together a strange but compelling batch of songs, as is the usual case with Houdaille albums.
Collecting songs from various sessions and reworking some previously released material (“Mucho Caliente,” “Caroline”) adds to its variety of work and sonic quality. Guests include The BJ Experience’s BJ & Tropical Barber (Eric Hernandez), DC3’s Fernando Perdomo as well as a rare appearance by dippy artiste Frank Daddy on piano. Featuring a cover of van der Graaf/Peter Hammill’s “people you were going to” and a rare (and perhaps ill-advised) cover of BJ experience’s “Lililililu.” Title ships in slim CD case.
You can buy the album at http://www.dippyrecords.com/houdaille.
Track-by-track commentary by Roger:
1. Problem Stu This one I like sometimes, while other times I wish I hadn’t put it on the album. It is in reality just a demo, and I couldn’t retrack some “questionable” parts due to the missing master tape. First new song I had written in a long time and recorded.
2. Wonder Finally! This song has my full approval. The original demo version (on mp3.com) has its charm but this is the real thing… dig the back up vocals.
3. People You Were Going To Spur of the moment decision to record this song while taping the drum tracks with Fernando Perdomo. The first time I heard this song (Peter Hammill’s 1975 version) I loved it. Then I read the lyrics and loved it more! A truly dark, surreal love song.
4. Foreign Girls I think this is my favorite on the album. I like the backwards guitar work I did and just the chord progressions in general. Very simple yet tricky stuff in there! My type of stuff.
5. Mucho Caliente This one was featured in the Dippy Sampler 2000 in its original form. I have rerecorded the bass and vocal tracks for the CD which has improved in sonic quality as well as performance. Props go out to Eric who played drums… and nailed it! Rocks my toe-socks off (which is hard to do!)
6. You’re The Most Beautifulest Tay In The World Today Like “Mucho Caliente,” this one has the backing track the same as the previously released version (bonus track on disc two of Dancing Days/Morris Is Back CD set). I have a soft spot for this song, really like the C with E on bass intro, reminds me of George Harrison for some reason? First vocals done after heavy medication.
7. Blind Otter Karina Bermudez’s favorite song, and that’s why I chose to re-record it for this album.
8. Caroline Originally “Caroline” then converted to “Savannah” but I changed it back to “Caroline” for this version. I got rid of those thick-ass acoustic guitars too!!
9. Lililililu Personally I don’t like this. However, people tell me they’ll buy the album just for this… so I guess it justifies it’s place as track nine. Showed me that BJ is quite a vocalist to pull this one off and get away.
10. Root Canal A left-over piece by Frank Daddy which I recorded some lead and bass guitar… I love the results. Very moody yet frail, with its bad notes and out-of-tuneness.
11. Monotony I’ll stick my head out and call this my most favorite on the album. Goes by fast. Also the most newest composition on the album. Probably why I like it so.
12. Be Careful What You Wish For Couldn’t have found a more suitable closer! Tight work by Fernando Perdomo and myself. I feel uneasy about the “baby” but I figured it was its mood… cheap.