Forgotten Songs

by mouth 4 rusty

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The bulk of these songs hail from 2010 and were written between our second and third albums (‘Good Men Now’ and ‘Fire, Mice and Other People’).

The opening track was written and recorded in 2009, around the time Mouth 4 Rusty began. A lot of the songs from that year ended up on our first or second album, but this neither fit with the largely solo set of ‘Lemon Cake and Dirt Weed’ or the string section feel of ‘Good Men Now’. ‘Take the Queen’ contains two of the three overdubs added while mixing this collection: the organ and handclaps.

The other recent overdub was the lead vocal to ‘Small Recordings’ as I’d not recorded one at the time (although I had laid down the harmony voice). The rest of the songs are as they were when the recordings were put to one side and eventually forgotten.

It occurred to me while writing this that for most of these songs the voice and guitar were recorded separately, which isn’t usually the way M4R recordings are made. I was quite purist about my basic tracks being a performance at that point (I mostly still am), and I think that’s the biggest reason these songs didn’t see the light of day at the time.

‘Humans’ is the exception to that here, and follows the usual method of recording the lead vocal and guitar simultaneously. It was written while recording arrangements for our 5th album, ‘Must Take More Care’ and would probably have been considered for our forthcoming 7th album (‘Forgotten Songs’ being our 6th), but by the time we were rehearsing new songs, a year had passed and ‘Humans’ had been lost in the pile.

‘Crouch End Instrumental’ was recorded around the same time, one of those happy little things that pops up when mics are set up and instruments are around.

Sarah Glayzer, our cellist from 2010-2011, sings 2nd harmony on ‘Oh The Hell’. The other female voice on the album is obviously Emma Davis, my bandmate since 2010.

I’d like to thank Emily Wasp for letting her banjo live with me for several years, I miss having it around and hope it still gets played regularly.

I hope you enjoy the album, I think it’s a nice way to let these recordings see the light of day.

Ochiltree Music 2016


released September 11, 2016



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Tales of living softly on the edge.

"Elegantly crafted hummable songs.."
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Mouth 4 Rusty are a male/female duo playing songs about morality, love and loss, childhood, life in general and the relationships between ourselves. Simple, traditionally-inspired songs that people can relate to, hummable music based on life as it unfolds, as early folk music was.
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