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SPOTLIGHT 85: Swindle Sea
 
Artist Name:
Eddie Dixon
  Title:
SPOTLIGHT 85: Swindle Sea
 
Date Posted:
March 2015
 
Genre:
Blues
Equipment Used:

PC Audio Labs PC with M-Audio FireWire 401 audio interface running Cockos Reaper and various Voxengo plug-ins; RODE NT1-A microphone; steel-string ukulele converted from old mandola, Lee Oskar harmonicas, homemade cajon and various percussion instruments.

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Production Notes & Credits:

"Swindle Sea" is a male vocal solo effort. Eddie did it all in his home studio.

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 5
This month's Spotlight may very well be the most eclectic, original, quirky, and likely controversial submission that we have presented since we began this "best of" feature column. If you tuned in this month expecting to find a perfectly polished track full of uber-tones and slick production... uh, sorry. If, however, you are more of the "out of the box" type... well then, Martha, you are in for a treat!

However, before we dig into the nuts and bolts of this amazing track, we felt it best to introduce you to Mr. Dixon. In his production notes he tells us that "Swindle Sea" was "written on a mandola that was converted into a steel string uke. I'm a songwriter and producer from Mississippi who was in Chicago for 15 years and just recently moved back. I was slapped by Sandy Duncan once while playing piano for the MS. Teen USA Pageant in Biloxi. I once drove Yanni's catering truck." DUDE! We've had some curious/interesting info come our way through the years but that one seals the deal!

Luckily, Eddie's track is every bit as intriguing. The song intros with an oh-so-rustic converted uke, followed by a bewildering set of sound sources, including lead and backing vocals, a drum/foot beat, hambone percussion, acoustic guitar, and bass, along with some tinkling glassy objects and harmonica, all leading to a percussive chant style ending. A closer inspection of the lyrics proves our author quite the poet, while the oddball time swings honor an age-old Southern blues tradition.

So what about the recording, you ask? Well, we have been actively recording for over four decades in just about every genre, and we can honestly say that Eddie's work here is not only original, but not nearly as "primitive" as it may seem.

Recording sound sources is one thing; capturing them into a mood is something altogether different. The very best examples -- Ry Cooder's "Paris, Texas" soundtrack comes to mind -- may sound like a beautiful mess, but don't be fooled, folks. There's more to them than meets the eye/ear. Are these the most perfect tones/sound sources/mix that we have ever heard? Nope, but they are the most perfect ones for this composition. At the risk of overstating, this is one of those rare times where "perfect" would absolutely spoil the soup. "Nuff said!

Suggestions: Slap on the headphones, close your eyes, open your mind and dig it!

Summary: Somewhere there's a Jim Jarmusch movie begging for this track!

Contact: Eddie Dixon, eddiedixonmusic@gmail.com
About: Marty Peters

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