I’m going to be completely honest, here. I’ve never been the world’s biggest BELLE & SEBASTIAN fan (my kind of sorrowful British twee-pop aligns itself with other artists better), but I’ve always had a tremendous soft spot for STEVIE JACKSON'S voice. He’s a lovely singer, and his voice, in contrast to Stuart Murdoch, has always had such feeling in it. He’s released a new, quirky-like-Zooey video for the song "Feel the Morning," off of his new solo record, (I Can’t Get No) Stevie Jackson -- out July 3 via Belle & Sebastian’s Banchory Recordings label -- which is how I feel listening to most B&S albums.
Essentially, the plot of the video is this: Stevie, having witnessed Amanda Palmer’s ninja shows (among others), decides to stage his own guerrilla concert inside of a coffeehouse. So, with the assistance of Young Spock from the new Star Trek movie, he travels back in time to 1966, where they steal Carl Wilson and teach him drums, before heading back to the present. Spock plays the keyboards, Stevie’s on the acoustic guitar, a Jensen portable record player takes most everything else*, and a bewildered Carl takes the drums (while secretly wondering if Brian slipped him “some of that gee-whiz acid stuff”).
The video captures the tone of the song really well -- it’s hard to imagine a better setting with the lighting -- and, unlike actual mornings, didn’t make me regret the hangover or want to kill the people waiting for the bus. The song’s really nice, if vaguely timid, and its pleasantness eventually won me over, rising me out of my chair and into the air. Though his title of his record is a Stones reference/joke, I’m more of in a Depeche Mode mood after listening to this -- I just can’t get enough.
(*that player is seriously bad for your record, Stevie. No portable record player is particularly good for it’s quality and condition, but taking Stuart’s portable kiddie record player is a low blow. He can’t listen to Scottish girls sing, and that means he can’t write music as if he were a Scottish girl singing. SHAME.)
Nick Johnston is the brand new summer music intern here at the Boston Phoenix. He just wrapped up a solid first week, and as a result, earned himself a three-day weekend.