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On Sundays – The Lost Gecko

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Jonathan Robinson

18.8.2020

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A soulful acoustic songwriter release. Textured instrumentation supports the lyrical content for a distinctly narrate-driven work.

On Sundays

A bouncing chordal phrase opens the track on the bedrock of acoustic guitar. Even with the surrounding voicings from the violin and drums, the track is an intimate performance between the voice and guitar. This is apparent from the very beginning as the two introduce the song. This rhythmic phrase continues and creates a sense of percussive embellishment with the drum section.

Quickly the guitar performance switches to strummed chords with small melodic decoration. This happens in synchronisation with a slower, more melisma based vocal delivery. This again demonstrates the connection between guitar and voice as a united musical device.

These kinds of changes are present across the track. Even with the addition of layered harmonies, every element of the delivery is reflected in the playing.

This isn’t at all to suggest that the percussion and strings work around is irrelevant. In fact, they so perfectly respond to and reflect the main motifs of the work that they enhance and reinforce every moment of its dynamic presence.

The track is made up of overlapping sections that change and in rhythmic content and slowly interweaving melodies. With the violin dancing between the chords and between each percussive hit to create tensions and resolution to enhance the emotionally charged air.

On Sundays isn’t a track made of riffs and repetitive hooks. It’s one powerful statement. It enters and leaves with purpose but with a brevity and presence that is immediately notable.

  • Overall rating: 8/10
  • Pairs well with: – Damien Rice

The Lost Gecko

The Lost Gecko is the brain-child of Malcolm Urquhart, who founded the band in Aberdeen, Scotland having, just returned from Kenya, where he was working on his music.

Shell-shocked by the poverty & lack of opportunity faced by the people of Kenya, Malcolm felt inspired to record songs & subsequently put them on MySpace – where the response was outstanding!

Now based in Cork, Ireland, Malcolm joined various group sessions and learnt from brilliant musicians over the years. He truly feels there is no other music scene like it.

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