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The Wild Are Welcome

by Sean O'Hagan

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The streets are silent the thrill of the cold Take a walk and see The wild are welcome and your welcome’s gold This place is special Though you’re never guess Take a walk and see Four roads ascending who could hope for less Take a walk and see Do you think in normal times we hide away? Oh but you do, who’s watching who? please think this through. who’s watching who?


This April, the animals were coming back to the cities. I love our wild in London, the foxes and badgers – but then sheep, deer and goats started to stray back into the edges of urbanity, in Essex and on the fringes of Swansea and Edinburgh. So I imagined the conversations the animals were having as they acclimatised to the new norm. And of course it flipped the status for the rest of us not in captivity, as we stared out at the wild from our lockdown.

As much as I have enjoyed the musical landscape that I have explored for 30 years, I want to creep beyond it. I can still drop the chords as I always have but I am enamored the 2020 RnB experience and here I have found new tools to put records together.

Livvy keeps me informed and I increasingly run stuff by her, so when the idea of this tune emerged, I wanted a female vocal around which to hang an approximated vocal running through bit of crushing and transformers to get the ’sound’. The sounds of Sly’s Riot mixed with these vital new expressions. This is where I am at in 2020: SEAN SYLVESTER DRAKE 61.


released June 18, 2020


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Sean O'Hagan London, UK

Following the spirit. Sweet music to feed the soul.Get it out there, however you can.
Channel the past , learn from the young.
Check out brother High Llamas.

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