Though this thought made me laugh: it would be quite something to hear him attempt to make a concept record about Dungeons and Dragons, now wouldn’t it?
We do love Jeffrey Lewis, he’s such a force for the good and like his last couple of records, A Turn In The Dream is a charming and heart-warming release. This time out, Lewis seems to be less focussed on creating a set of songs than creating a warm, slightly addled mood. It’s genial “Play at Home” music that reminds me very strongly of the Red Crayola or the stuff knocked out by any bunch of backwoods hippy punks. It’s very loose indeed at times: the opening track To Go and Return wanders off deep into the Vale of Hippy by the end. I Got Lost, So What If You Couldn’t Take It, and Krongu Green Slime are bucolic musings which again seem happy to strum indeterminately around in the ether. Whilst Boom Tube and From Draz extend this feel a great deal, disappearing into some sixties wormhole…
Still, Lewis’s forte is his simple, straight talking style and that is in evidence throughout: How Can It Be or Time Trades draw on the roots he shares with the Modern Lovers and Cult Boyfriend is an absolute classic neurotic and unhinged and suddenly giving voice to all those unformed thoughts swirling round many a confused and contrary modern mind. (Though this thought made me laugh: it would be quite something to hear him attempt to make a concept record about Dungeons and Dragons, now wouldn’t it?)
Great, as always.