Lentils

by Kath Tait

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Recorded in Hadleigh, Suffolk, England on the 13th July 2019.
With thanks to Martin Newell for kindly recording and mixing these songs. And to Simon and Val Haines for the use of their dining room. All songs written by Kath Tait who played guitar and sang them.

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released July 18, 2019

LENTILS reviewed by Dave Russell

It’s great that some of Kath’s satirical edge has been captured in this 6-track collection.

LENTILS, the title track certainly takes me back to the ‘alternative society’ explosion of the late 60s. The song pokes mild fun at those who followed a fashion which, by some standards, must have seemed laughable. But it is far more cogently critical of the materialist, opportunist ladder of ambition and material gain which claimed so many casualties. The alternatives’ survival capacity seemed to have been greater.

SHRUNKEN SISTERS is a deeply compassionate portrayal of three elderly, disabled ladies struggling with their bulky shopping on board a rather rickety, run-down bus service. The reader is taken on a conducted tour, stop by stop. The spectacle has its funny side. The other passengers have to make way for these unwieldy entities. There is a touch of ‘black humour’ at the end, where the passengers think they might have died. But one can only be endeared by their reappearance.

In THE POET AND THE ENGINEER, Kath does a bit of transference, putting herself in the Engineer’s shoes. She makes a mock condemnation of the poet’s often called escapist and irresponsible attitude, but then qualifies this with a eulogy of a frugal, creative lifestyle.

GIG ANXIETY DREAM faces fairly and squarely the occupational hazards of touring musicians. Who, on that circuit, has not, when under stress, forgotten, damaged or broken some set lists, instruments, or vital accessories ? Touring can never be stress-free.

STAR STALKER is a great piece of emotional honesty. Who does not have closet celebrity fantasies? Surely it is healthy to articulate them.

RECORD CONTRACT is a powerful statement of Kath’s revulsion against a ruthless industry which prioritises sexploitation. I have heard various celebrities being described as ‘all image and no substance’. Kath is pure substance.

She has also published more of her lyrics and scores in book form in AN ODD NUMBER OF SONGS.
For anyone aroused by Kath’s material, I would recommend some really raunchy cover versions of four of her songs by Australian prodigy Lin Van Hek (all on YouTube): Bastard, Moon and the Darkness and You, River of Life and Steel-Hearted Annie.
Dave Russell

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Kath Tait London, UK

Bio: Kath Tait is a singer songwriter from New Zealand, living in London. She writes about her life as a carer, a hippy, an itinerant bard and a wholefood freak. Described as ‘wonky and eccentric’ she is an empathetic and intelligent lyricist. Her new songbook, ‘An Odd Number of Songs’ comprising both lyrics and chords is available from her bandcamp site. ... more

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