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Sidney Samson ft. Wizard Sleeve - 'Riverside (Let's Go)'

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Fraser McAlpine | 10:19 UK time, Sunday, 3 January 2010

Sidney Samson

ALERT! ALERT! New ground is being broken in the 'Songs About Rivers' genre! People should be told! I'm telling people! You tell people!

Until this momentous day dawned, songs about rivers have tended to fall neatly into the following categories: Songs about a jolly day spent gallivanting in a punt with your spiffing chums; songs about the mighty power of nature washing stuff away while a songwriter - sorry, poet - stands on the shore, moved to tears; songs about the pagan mystery of nature, with specific reference to misty riverbanks; and songs about seeing trouble, up ahead (ask your dad when Top Gear finishes).

This is none of these things. And yet somehow, it is ALL of these things.

(Here's a nice clean radio-edit version)

The jolly day is covered in the song's title and general sense of fun. What could be more splendid than an invite from one's chums to perambulate river-wards at a rate of knots? Let's go indeed! I'll bring the Pimms! Cor! It's parky out here and no mistake!

The mighty power of nature is apparent to anyone who has had the fortune of attempting to listen to this on an elderly pair of headphones. Things begin to flap. The lower frequencies create a tiny tornado of pulsating sound on each side of your head, and you can only stand in awed silence while it blows itself out...or turn the volume down.

As for pagan mystery, well, any musical call to arms like this bears comparison with (assumed) pagan rituals from the past, surely? It's highly repetitive music which rises and falls in intensity, to create a sense of wild abandon in a congregation of like-minded people. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense outside of that environment, and there's a fella shouting instructions over the top. No misty riverbanks though, that's an oversight.

As for seeing trouble up ahead...well you've read ChartBlog comments before, right? Have at it, webulons!

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CD Released: January 4th
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(Fraser McAlpine)



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