Middleton, Malcolm / 5:14 Fluoxytine Seagull Alcoho
Album: 5:14 Fluoxytine Seagull Alcoho   Collection:General
Artist:Middleton, Malcolm   Added:Nov 2003
Label:Chemikal Underground Ltd.  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2004-04-12 Pull Date: 2004-06-14
Week Ending: May 30 Apr 25 Apr 18
Airplays: 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Feb 15, 2005: The Devil's Valentine: love gone bad and shopping gone mad
Speed on the M9
3. Apr 21, 2004: In the Leaves
Speed on the M9
2. May 29, 2004: Mor On - The Literate Pop Fan
Speed on the M9
4. Apr 17, 2004: Mor On - The Literate Pop Fan
Speed on the M9

Album Review
Reviewed 2004-04-13
This guy is a Sadly Drawn Boy. The theme is depression; and the execution of the misery is superb. Middleton is half of Arab Strap, and indeed he doesn’t stray much from the known format. With simple yet achingly heartbreaking lyrics such as “I think I need professional help to get better” (track 5), and beautiful tunes to match it, this is real sadcore pop.
Play: 5, 8, 10 (more upbeat), 12 (despite ‘shit’ FCC) and 1 (‘fuck up’ FCC).

1.FCC (“I’ll fuck it up”) . Acoustic, piano, soft drums, clown song.
2.FCC (“fuck up”) Uptempo, Wilco-like track.
3.A hint of traditional Scottish arrangement (inevitable fiddle). Mid/high temp.
4.Slow/mid tempo. Long track (7:30), almost Loose-Fur repetitive. Starts with only acoustic guitar and drums; electric guitar and violin join.
5.Slow, sad acoustic guitar love/breakup song (as you can tell by the track name).
6.Short pre-prise (to track 11?)
7.FCC? the sticker on the original cover claims so. Mid tempo, female background vocals throughout.
8.Another prime heartbreaker. Piano-only ballad, John Cale style. Studio noises at the beginning (7 seconds) and end (20 seconds) of the track.
9.Mid tempo, Guitar picking, love song.
10.Upbeat, club-like beats almost a dance track except for the slower-tempo bridges.
11.7+ minute track, nice keyboard bridges, slow tempo, soft drumming, more sadcore. Louder in the last 1:30 mins. Last 20 secs very quiet.
12.FCC (“my songs are shit”) Devil-came-to-me song, acoustic picking and more sad self-reflections (“I’ll never amount to anything”).
13.Demo guitar version of track 8.
14.Demo guitar version of track 1. Slower, and still FCC.
15.Demo of 7.
16.Short, less harmonic, but with harmonica!

Track Listing
1. Crappo the Clown   9. 1,2,3,4
2. Wake Up   10. Birdwatcher
3. The Loneliest Night of My Li   11. The King of Bring
4. Best in Me   12. Devil and the Angel
5. Cold Winter   13. Speed on the M9
6. Bring Down   14. Crappo the Clown
7. Rotten Heart   15. Rotten Heart
8. Speed on the M9   16. Party Eyes