Michael J. Sheehy – No Longer My Concern

Michael J. Sheehy
No Longer My Concern

This is the third solo disc from former Death City Film Club frontman Michael J. Sheehy, and he continues to play gloomy recordings. Sheehy has always been one to create a seedy, morbid tale, but they also have a slight subtle playful humor as well. On this album, Sheehy works with Cocteau Twin Simon Raymonde on a couple of tunes, and the disc is full of the airy atmospheric work in that veign. Sheehy keeps a lot of these tales sparse and lets his voice lead you further along, creating a creepy comfortness. This is very similar to the glory days of bands on 4AD and Nick Cave while in the Birthday Party; it has a very blues sense to it.
“Distracting Yourself from the Doom” opens the disc with a quiet brooding piece led by Sheehy’s slightly plucked guitar and Raymonde’s eerie piano work. Sheehy sounds very sweet with his message of trying not to pay attention to the constant pain of life and then the departure of death. “Donkey Ride Straight to Hell” has a seedy blues feel with a hissing production and shuffle feel. The swirling organ is a nice touch, giving the song a late-night-in-the-alley groove. This is a new take of an old song by Willie Dixon, and Sheehy as updated it with new lyrics. “Ballad of the Pissed Apostle” has an old-time blues feel with the footstomps and handclaps while Sheehy throws out bluesy licks on the guitar. The atmosphere of this song is incredible with its spooky scarcity and haunting tones.
“Pigboy” carries the same haunting slow blues feel, but this time with a cello providing ghostly moans and croaks. Sheehy keeps the feel nicely with mumbled vocals and rhythmic guitar patterns. “Modest Beauty” is the most up-beat song on this disc in a uplifitngly twisted sort of way. Sheehy stays with the creepy persona in this downtrodden tale that has a little promise for the narrator. “Twisted Little Man” is the last tracked song on the disc and is taken at a ballad pace that is done well. The song has an R&B feel with the fingersnaps and crooning vocals.
This disc rarely leaves the haunting dirty blues sounds throughout, and Sheehy’s voice fits very nicely with that approach. There is a very dark tone here that is at times hard to listen to, but since it’s done so well you can’t help but enjoy it. Sheehy has really found a great way to get his dark sense of humor across in a very eerie productive manner. The disc has an authentic feel and sound to it that makes it all the more impressive, which isn’t an easy thing to pull off. Dark, brooding, spooky music that will make all the fans of the 4AD heyday screaming for more, this is a great disc to pick up for those with an open mind to seediness.