Simone Felice – Simone Felice

January 01, 1970

(Team Love Records)


The one-time lynchpin for two communal combos – his band of
brothers the Felice Brothers and his own outfit, The Duke and The King –
drummer Simone Felice ventures out on his own with an album of overcast
narratives and gothic projection. The material reflects his upstate origins in New York’s Catskill Mountains,
with dark homilies that reference mortality, melancholia and all sorts of
temporal considerations. Felice also integrates some unlikely references into
this hushed circumstance – along with the fictional subjects of “Hey Bobby
Ray,” “Stormy-Eyed Sarah” and “Dawn Brady’s Son,” he also taps murdered actress
Sharon Tate and fallen rocker Courtney Love in his titles. Yet, the tracks
themselves seem to pay them no mind, resulting in a set of songs both quiet and
cryptic, all cautionary autumnal
ballads reverberating through ghostly choirs and worshipful reverence.


brings to mind a meld of Neil Young at his most forlorn, Connor Oberst in
wide-eyed rapture, and David Gray in
solemn-speak, and indeed, he breaks the spell only once – for the rustic
hand-clapping, honky-tonk sing-along, “You and I Belong.” A furtive solo debut,
Simone Felice provides the perfect
setting for meditation and musing.


and I Belong,” “Stormy-Eyed Sarah,” “Ballad of Sharon Tate” LEE ZIMMERMAN

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