Peter Godwin: You! UK DL 
Lieber Gott Im Himmel! I’ve been deep down the Peter Godwin hole of late; remastering my now even more peerless collection of rarities and wouldn’t you know it, this lovely download has come along and made a mockery of my efforts. Now I need to re-design the packaging materials since there’s room for just this brand new single in the jam-packed running order.
Last week commenter Gavin; attuned to all things Godwin [as we all are, right?] contacted me to let me know that the first new song in [gasp] eight years had dropped down the chute of commerce in spite of the weird times we’re in, so I bought immediately because that’s what we do when Godwin sees fit to release a single. The day I can’t drop eleven bits in iTunes [even during a stay-at-home order] for the new Peter Godwin track is the day to send flowers. So I bought and played it immediately. What’s it like?
Well, for starters, Godwin’s been recording a lot of music with the spacious sounds of Johnson Somerset collaborating on music and production with him, and this time there’s a new partner in the mix. Godwin, who resides in France, has gone native and enlisted the new-to-my-ears Garbo D’Astorg to write with and this was considerably different from the widescreen, chill out vibe that he had been exploring with Somerset. Gavin suggested Bowie and the guitar style certainly throws back to a strong hint of Earl Slick with lovely sustain on the dual guitar line snaking throughout the entire song. But overall, I’m picking up more of a Roxy vibe, since the song reminds me more of early Metro material than anything from the Godwin canon of the last [gulp] 40 years!
The guitar/bass/drum emphasis was far more rock than the sophisticated pop that Godwin has made his metier in the last few decades. But that’s not to suggest that it’s leather and studs time for Godwin. As ever, the cosmopolitan Godwin has a real feel for chanson that marks him as a peer to Bryan Ferry and the tune, albeit crunchier than anything Godwin has released in ages, still bore that distinct imprint. We can count for that much in this chaotic world!
Sure, sure. You can stream it, but earn way more karma and vote with your wallet. Click the button. You know you want to.
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