Song: Always Turn Away
Artist: Mark Eitzel
American solo artist Mark Eitzel has been in several bands over his lengthy professional career but the one which landed him the most attention was American Music Club, which he fronted. After twelve years of albums and touring, they hung it up and Eitzel embarked on a solo career. His debut album, 1996’s 60 Watt Silver Lining, was a a bit of a stylistic departure from his earlier work, although the dark themes it explores should be familiar to AMC fans. 60 Watt Silver Lining is a troubled, jazz-tinged album with two standout tracks - Mission Rock Resort and this one, Always Turn Away. Eitzel’s rich, softly melodic voice belies the human wreckage he sings about - of alcoholic lovers and dead-end lives indefinitely marooned in dystopic paradise. He makes the angst tolerable with poetic lyrics which impart a kind of grace to the blue visions he so often depicts on this album; the deft, delicately arranged instrumentation also work to lighten the terrible psychic and emotional load. AMC has since reunited and put out fresh material and Eitzels’s solo career is still alive and well.
Always Turn Away, the second track on his debut, is a sleek mid-tempo piece with a luminous piano score escorting us into a sombre rumination about failed love and damaged forgetfulness.
Posted by Max MacDonald