BODUF SONGS (KRANKY)
When was the last time you heard someone singing softly with an acoustic guitar about blotting out the sun with a stream of opaque bile? Deceptively low key, Boduf Songs skirts between singer-songwriter, psychedelic, home recorder and folk modes.
With a touch of computer intervention for good measure. Mat Sweet has been involved in home recording and distributing CDRs with his Bluebaby Recordings imprint.
A number of recordings under a series of monikers have been released. We have no idea how many people have gotten ahold of his music to this point, we do know that his modest efforts put his label in the company of English small run labels like Bentley Welcomes Careful Drivers and Chocolate Monk.
It would be a cliche to place Boduf Songs on the list of Established British Eccentrics like Robert Wyatt, David Tibet or Ivor Cutler but limiting this music under the singer-songwriting rubric is even worse.
A briefly ornate bit of fingerpicking on Boduf Songs can be reminiscent of English folk aires while a soft vocal delivery disguises serrated lyrics that aptly describe the hemmed in, menaced feeling all too common to the times.
This is incredibly personal music that will hook itself on to you after a few plays.