With Dreaming in the Morning arriving on 5th March, ‘Gone Bushwalking’ is our first taste of the eclectic Bity Booker (though this is her sixth release). Complete with a video featuring a purple marionette named Miss Violetta Sorrow, the music and the video are a perfect match.
Sonically, we have a wonderfully plucked acoustic guitar and Bity Booker’s voice. It’s pared down, but beautiful – like Simon and Garfunkel meets Kate Bush with added Georges Mèliés in the visuals. The opening line of ‘call me a dreamer’ has flickers of Mazzy Star as the song progresses quickly towards what is more a refrain than a chorus.
Booker’s vocal is a real gem; there is a stylised pronunciation that adds character to the delivery, with breathy moments that could be inspired by Björk.
At the tail end, there’s a sparse solo, still performed on the lone acoustic guitar, and then it’s over. Two and a half minutes of sweet sweet music. Playful and emotive.
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