Mean Time – EP
666494 Records DK
A four-track EP from Direen, released early in 2018 – it finds Bill in a gentle, folk-ish-pop-song mood at least as far as opener Fewer Than Few is concerned. In fact, this has such a Go Betweens-type charm you could be convinced you’re listening to something brand new from Robert Forster.
The Boy Byron And Eve has a lurching organ framing a crepuscular spoken-sung story and Woke Up Sleeping uses two voices (one male, one female) against two guitars (one acoustic, one electric).
The closing title track returns us to more conventional ‘song’ mode, though only for a fragment. Direen is singing over a homespun acoustic blues riff. It’s almost as if you can see the No. 8 wire unfurling from the headstock of the guitar and heading out over the hills.
Mean Time is slight, as one of its title’s meanings warns us, but as (yet another) snapshot of a wise, restless creative spirit it gives us the vital taste.
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