Personally Iím not one for plonking pianos, however chirpy they are. In my book, a plonking piano is only a gnats arse away from the savage, remorseless blandness of plonkers like Daniel Powter and godfathers of plonk, fab Macca and Ben Folds. Letís face it; when these folks talk of Ďstabbingí at a piano, theyíre not choosing their words idly. So when I slipped the CD into the drive and Radio Proposal's ham-fisted ivory stabs crept from the speakers in a lightly comical fashion, I began to fear the worst. Then I read the sheet: tipped for big things this year, UK tunesmith TD Lind is the missing link between Damien Rice and Jeff Tweedy. The quote was from Uncut. A credible enough rag, I suppose, but I donít suppose thereís a minute in the day when Uncut arenít looking for the missing link between Damien Rice and Jeff Tweedy. When they arenít looking for the blue-tack and glue thatís likely to hold the new K.T Tunstall and Peaches together, naturally. So when the chirpy, radio-friendly chorus of this and follow-up track, Falling eventually gave way to the unconventional, twisted beauty of the dilatory Letís Get Lost and the twinkling cartoonery and whimsical, dreamy alcho-pop of Her I began to see the photoplasma of this magical, maverick spirit take on an altogether different shape: something possessed by the joyful eccentricities of Andy Partridge and the haunting gothic romance of fiddly-widdly soundsmiths like Ed Harcourt and Ben Christophers. This was T.D Lind. A freakishly talented Englishman living in the Highlands of Louisville, living out the best bits of Kerouac, exploring the promises of Eddie Cochranís America, performing in front of thousands, driving a í56 Buick Special, playing a 6120 Gretsch guitar, not escaping the dream. A fine storyteller. Fresh from three nights at Londonís Shepherdís Bush Empire supporting James Blunt. Slowly I began to understand the necessity of the first couple of tracks. The large wooden horse devised by the Greeks during the siege of Troy may not have enjoyed the most expert of designs, but it served its purpose more than adequately. Radio proposal? Well, that's exactly what it was; a proposal. But if T.D Lind is not in Troy: where is he then? Letís find outÖ
Where are you now?
Staying with friends outside Los Angeles, trying to find a restaurant where I can smoke outside without being glared at!
What can you see?
What was the last thing you ate?
The last meal was Taco Bell, which is repeating itself.
What was the last album you bought?
The last Album I bought was Clifford Hayes and the Louisville Jug-band, recorded in 1927....weird uh?
What was the last thing you saw on TV that you liked?
I'm a big fan of Law & Order, all good episodes.
What are you looking forward to?
I'm looking forward to selling some albums, doing gigs, and getting hitched in September.
What do you hate right now?
I hate blatant political lies and the injustice of unaccountability.
What was your favourite subject at school?
I guess my favourite subject at school was Art, cause it was laid back and experimental.
Do you remember your last dream?
Last night I had a dream, I was driving a bus around an underground car park, only to get out onto a park with scantily dressed women playing rounders! It then got more personal!
What would you class as your defining moment?
My defining moment is yet to come.
What are your plans for tonight?
Tonight I'll be mostly staying in, to save money!
Let's Get Lost - Released 26/04/07 on Tell Tale Records
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