+ Fernando Viciconte
+ Phil Duke
And how. Composing, writing, singing, striking up the guitar and releasing his brand-new album «Hey Mr. Ferryman» in January of this year. (Prior, his output can only be called prodigious: 11 albums with AMC and 16 solo efforts.) Musically, the album’s reminiscent of his work with AMC. He offers «The songs on this album are about celebrating music and musicians, about misogyny, the long shadow of history, getting one’s head out of one’s ass. Also oceans, blood, skies, heart, gay pioneers, carpenters, weeping women, how death waits for you even in the happiest place on earth, Las Vegas.» Might explain what the ferryman stands for.
Parts of Scott Walker, Ian Curtis, Nick Drake, even Jaques Brel, are all squeezed into the body of hard luck survivor Mark Eitzel. His album was produced by the top-tier producer Bernard Butler (Tricky, Ben Watt, Bert Jansch, Edwyn Collins) who also added his guitar, bass and keyboards. Mark: «I sent Bernard my 15 demos with the initial idea to make an acoustic album. We had a rather limited budget. But he was dead-set on his vision to re-record the whole thing. He did a fantastic job. I think it’s just about my best disc since the recordings with AMC which were stewarded by Tom Mellon. Bernard produced the songs the way I imagined them although I didn’t know it myself…When I wrote those songs, I moved from San Francisco to LA, painted two houses, spent all my money, threw out all my possessions, travelled to and away from London, New York, gained and lost 20 pounds, went to the doctor often, moved to the mountains, moved to New York and drove my car into the scrap heap.»
Life’s nothing but a series of comebacks. Listen to the ferryman Mark Eitzel’s – it’s something else.