Dunbar's Number

by Jamie Flett and Safetynett

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1.
Rain Goose 05:08
From a nest with no crows The mariner knows not Where the weird fishes go But he knows the curve of the globe The curve sailors always have known The things you think you know An uncle named his boat for A shitehawk bully bird oh Now he knows it's a pirate of the foam Only laughs now the name's painted on Walking between the rain Between the weather Wondering whether You'll keep it together Wondering at the will To make such endeavour When the weather means your life You listen for the signs And the Rain Goose calls the time Take your boats and lay your lines The wrong song means you stay behind Walking between the rain Between the weather Wondering whether You'll keep it together Wondering at the will To make such endeavour
2.
Taking the incline Changing horizon line Micro to macro view Guess what the land knew There are no words from you Shift in the frame of time Moving slower along the line The high fields whiter, brighter Than the pearl sky Gabble that fills my mind Recedes along with the time Signs in the stone they hewed Lost as your thoughts and your mood Lost to me and maybe to you But this quiet is good Talk can be cheap sometimes Sound without any signs Receding along with the time Moving slower along the line Shift in the frame of time Moving slower along the line The high fields whiter, brighter Than the pearl sky
3.
Anthropocene 05:49
See all the people Passing by like days Everyone has got their own way At least they have for today See all the people They're so far away Even though they're sat right next to me Even though they can't, they can't see me Do you love? Can you love? Do you love? Can you love? So down into The black hole I go Trying to stop the passing of time Freezing myself like crystals of ice Then I get there.. There's nowhere to run Music is over and all the drugs are done I got so high, forgot to have fun Do you love? Can you love? Do you love? Can you love?
4.
Ever since Deek was young he couldn't stay calm Unstable as petroleum He just wouldn't be told When anyone bold was expounding the way that it was He wouldn't pretend that he knew any better But he'd never accept you were right His vision would cloud While his blood rushed around Fumes blur the air wait for a spark to ignite Deek's hair was as red as the mist that descended To colour his clear hazel eyes He would lose his head and he'd lead with his fists Do more damage than he realised Deek survived until '75 when he realised the Texans had arrived In the city he called home built from the shining stone Unique in the Universe The stone was the resource they hewed from the ground Now they learned to look under the sea Like Prometheus unbound They saw what they'd found Began the black gold rush to pipe it to you and me The gold was black but the notes they were green As the eyes of those who found none Could Deek keep his head while incomers bled the wells Bragging how it was done? If you'd have asked Deek He didn't believe in the fate that his fight couldn't beat And a man wearing boots for marshalling cows holding court Was a challenge to meet Now, I'm no believer in retribution That comes from somewhere in the sky But Deek's kind of anger: indiscriminate Must come at some kind of price The blood that was red as it spattered the slabs Looked black in the silvery light But Deek wasn't present to notice the hue Hazel eyes burned without sight For a man who boiled over, could not keep his head Deek was subject to great irony Working the boats that went to the rigs Joined his Silver City's maritime history He would be solid and steady as she goes As the gale yoyo-ed them on a wave But back on dry land A cable snapped with a twang Sang like a scythe Left the silence of the grave He survived the anchors flying on the deck The water and waves from the bow Now his body haunts the old Shiprow While his head spins along as it rolls His eyes were widely surprised Well, it's not as if he could've known That his body would haunt the old Shiprow While his head spins along as it rolls...
5.
6.
Hear A Name 09:49
Watch you Moving around Hear you Shouting about I hear a name I hear a name And I want to go along I hear a name I hear a name And I want to go along Ooooowooooooooooooooooowooooooooo...

about

Dunbar’s Number is the first of a ‘trilogy’ and was released on the 18th April. Rooted in years of Jamie Flett and Safetynett playing acoustic guitars together as the most immediate and practical way available to them of creating a song you can hear an organic human warmth to the instrumentation coming from its foundations in folkish and folk-rock styles. The genesis of nearly every track on this album would have been acoustic instruments, mainly guitar or piano, but the brothers have created a wider soundscape for the tunes and songs to inhabit using electricity, layered guitar parts, drones, loops, harmony singing, effects boxes and whatever percussion and other instruments were available as well as experimenting with how they recorded these various elements. The lyrical, songwriting approach is still there and an impulse to tell stories but they’ve twisted it a bit and maybe they aren’t telling the whole story in every case as they range from straight up supernatural ballad to metaphysical meditation.

Amongst their own solo endeavours, bands and other collaborations brothers Jamie Flett and Safetynett (Andy Flett) have always occasionally (oxymoronically) made time to jam, write and record together as a duo with the odd bit of help from their friends. They put out their own material when MySpace was still a thing under the name ‘Feltt’ but realised it wasn’t a very clever anagram and that another better known band were known as ‘Felt’ already so they reverted to using their ‘solo’ names. Being busy with the other music they were making they mainly got together to socialise and approached making their duo songs as a writing / recording project and deliberately disregarded any thought of playing it live which freed them to try anything they felt like. There was no agreed approach except to try anything and to accept accidents and mistakes that worked and there was no underlying theme to any of the writing so the duo were pleasantly surprised that the material seemed to naturally coalesce when they started to think about organising it. The edited results from the last five years or so are 18 songs that they decided to release as a sort of - not necessarily related - trilogy of albums. Lack of time and organisation prevented this actually happening until the hairpin bend of a swerve taken by the year 2020. ‘Lockdown’ created the time and the desire to reach out and share something and provided the captive audience returning to recorded music to help fill their time and soften the edge.

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released April 18, 2020

Written, made and played by Jamie Flett and Safetynett (formerly [not very well] known as 'Feltt.')
Nobody can remember exactly who played what when..
Mastered by Robert MacLeod.
Occasional live drum samples played by Grant Anderson.
Occasional recording assistance / suggestions / meddling / moral support from Kevin McLaughlin.
Cover Art is a detail from an unknown Graffiti Artist's unfinished piece for an outdoor exhibition at SWG3, Glasgow, 11 May, 2019.

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