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Daniel Woolhouse ‘Soup For Brains’ (Piano Sessions)

Olivia here. I had a really wonderful time last night. I went to a local Christmas festival with my other half, which was mostly shit, aside from the most adorable petting farm. Aimed at children, the lady running the stall kindly allowed me to enter as some kind of pseudo child, and I was let loose amongst a host of farmyard animals, which those who know me will know is an absolute dream come true. I fed goats and sheep with thick wool coats and newly sprouted horns. I gawped at tiny chicks huddled up for warmth, chatted with the geese as they waddled around my feet, and held a tiny rabbit in my arms, all as my partner looked on with mild amusement ( and sometimes alarm – he cites a bad pecking experience with a bird as the source of his discomfort with holding animals). All in all, it was a good night out, because really what is better than spending time with animals? I have always preferred animals to people, and I have a great mistrust of those that claim to dislike them. A goat doesn’t care if you’re a terrible conversationalist, or a little bit overweight. As long as you pet them gently, rabbits don’t mind if you’re haircut is ugly or you walk with your feet turn inwards. I sometimes dream of running away to open some kind of animal haven, maybe a donkey sanctuary or a cat hotel. The possibilities really are endless. Continuing the zoological theme, we headed home and watched a delightful Japanese cartoon called ‘Polar Bear Cafe‘. I wholeheartedly recommend it. Having had such a lovely time, it’s even harder to deal with the fact that I won’t see my partner for the next two weeks, and as such, I’m currently listening to the suitably somber ‘Soup For Brains‘ by Daniel Woolhouse. Having released music for the last two years under the pseudonym Deptford Goth, Woolhouse has treated us this Christmas to a piano based re-recording of the track, taken from his latest album. With tender and thoughtful lyrics, this track is all about self examination and quiet introspection, heightened by simple piano chords with booming octave lows and delicate highs. Although the song has been stripped back, this is still a track with a great pop chorus, made more elegant through the restrained use of backing vocals. The perfect track for some quiet self examination before the craziness of the Christmas holidays begin.

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