"So you've found a man with time on his hands,
You've found a place your eyes can rest,
Can you read his mind or just his motives?
Are you feeling strong, or only blessed?"
Sung by Polina with fragile sensuality, over a lush arrangement of Barry-esque harpsichords and organs. It aims to strike a deep chord in anyone who has ever lost faith in, or just been lost in a big city. Other featured artists include drummer Graham Hawthorne (Paul Simon, David Byrne) and New York singer-songwriter Pamela Laws, who, as the fourth guest singer, contributes two words to "Carry Me" and steals the show.
It will be interesting to see where Malcolm takes the Underpoets project from here; it may depend on whether the more commercial songs, "Hungry", "(Makes me) Crazy" or "Catalyst" garner the mainstream attention they crave, or if the album as a whole continues it's cult status amongst the New York music community. These are undoubtedly some of the best mixed, best arranged and most moving tracks to be found in the ambient, down-tempo, whatever-you-want-to-call-it genre. Perhaps his faith that there is depth after all in an area seemingly dominated by vapid Euro/East Village posing may finally pay dividends.
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2. mystery heat
3. set you free
4. repeating myself
7. (makes me) crazy
8. carry me
9. mystery chill
10. hey nahana
11. thank you