LP Edition of 500. Co-Released with Low Company Records
We are most pleased to present the seventh LP by The Doozer, now based in Edinburgh, but still creating a sound we feel has deep roots in Cambridge England. Convalescence is a somewhat sparser trip than his last album, 2018’s Figurines (FTR 360), but the quality of the songs will be balm to those who have missed his presence.
With gentle accompaniment from multi-instrumentalist Ben Kingsbury, Lance Whitehead and Eddie Goodban, the tracks here were recorded in Edinburgh in the summer of 2019, before the shit hit the fans, but some of the songs feel as though they were precipitated by a personal apocalypse, and I’m pretty sure that’s something we can all empathize with at this point in the time/space continuum. The sense one gets is that the songs collected here are deigned to help us all rebuild that which has collapsed around us.
This is not on infer that The Doozer has gone all instructional on us. One of the great features of his songs has always been their way of combining abstract confusion with observational clarity, allowing simple words to create abstract images. And that has not changed here. His brilliantly casual approach to this is what always makes people (like me anyway), think about his music in terms of extending the sweetest traditions of Syd Barrett and Nick Nicely.
There is darkness built into this music, but it is countered with illumination. And if you so choose, you can spend many pleasant hours exploring the many mysterious corners of Convalescence. And that would be the right thing to do!
-Byron Coley, 2021