Linking from our last song, the same collaborator, pianist and composer Michael Roulston now joins forces with another outstanding singer of the cabaret scene, Dusty Limits, from their 2015 album, Grin. Inspired by the Weimar-style music of 1930s Berlin, but as well as the likes of Kurt Weill, there are also echoes of Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer and Noel Coward.
Quick-witted turns of phrase come thick and fast in a crisp delivery of dark humour, with the scene set the sound of a church-style organ and thunder, heralding a family gathering that could be a funeral or a wedding. The essential point is that the family kin, “the spawn of original and plagiaristic sin”, is a bunch of Addams family-type freaks and oddballs, from Uncle George who married a bride delivered in the post to “a buddhist monk who dresses as punk and swears he was a donkey in a former life.” Cleverly linked rhymes, rising chord changes and increased pace all lead to a lovely twist. Don’t families make you proud?
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