Song of the Day, October 1: I Often Dream of Trains by Robyn Hitchcock

RobynTrains(NY)Today’s song is the title track from Robyn Hitchcock’s unexpected third solo album, I Often Dream of Trains. After a few years with post-punk psychedelia masters the Soft Boys, Hitchcock released Black Snake Diamond Role, a slight shift to pop that mined fairly familiar territory nicely. The problem-plagued Groovy Decay (aka Groovy Decoy aka Gravy Deco) followed, never quite finding its groove. For Trains, Hitchcock stripped things down, crafting a very acoustic guitar/piano/vocal album that shines with a powerful less-is-more aesthetic.

Hitchcock’s off-kilter wit, potent observations, and fine sense of language are given more space in the spare settings, and the disc remains a highlight of his long, eclectic career. The title track is a perfect example, coursing with a quirky Englishness. Hitchcock manages to hew to the national fascination with train travel while simultaneously bemoaning the end of an era. It’s a perfectly constructed song of fragile beauty and his vocals are finer than ever.

Enjoy this lovely ode to times gone by today.

Advertisements

About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s

FiveThirtyEight

Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight uses statistical analysis — hard numbers — to tell compelling stories about politics, sports, science, economics and culture.

RBHSWebComics

all contents © Robert Hulshof-Schmidt

Weekly Top 40

The Weekly Top 40 1955-2017

Major Spoilers

We know you love comics. We do, too.

The Immortal Jukebox

A Blog about Music and Popular Culture

Greatest British Songs

The best songs from British bands and artists

Social Justice For All

Working towards global equity and equality

The Falcon's Nest

The Home of All Things Rock and Sometimes Roll

%d bloggers like this: