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Doug Hream Blunt
Every now and then, one discovers a long-lost gem after years of undeserved neglect.
So goes the story of the artist known as Doug Hream Blunt, a musician now in his 60’s who has been around for several decades. It’s only within the last few years that his music has gotten widespread attention, to the point where Ariel Pink has listed Blunt as a major influence and played with him onstage.
Modern film and television, when run by artists with eclectic and varied tastes, can also regularly introduce viewers to unknown wonders. Such was the case for this writer, who after watching the most recent High Maintenance episode, “Selfie,” immediately had to find the song that played during the end credits.
It was none other than “Gentle Persuasion,” advertised as a hit on Blunt’s only current physical release, My Name is Doug Hream Blunt, itself a compilation of work released throughout the years. After researching the man and listening to his music, there’s a sense that the information available on him and his life story is criminally incomplete. Aside from the fact that he’s from San Francisco and has been active since the 80’s, not much is known about artist’s career.
He self-released a lone album in the late 90’s and took it upon himself to distribute it to local record stores — an act that makes little sense these days with the myriad of options DIY musicians have access to.
Sometime in 2015, Blunt garnered the notice of David Byrne’s record label Luaka Bop, and shortly after came the release of the compilation listed and pictured above.
Take a listen, and see if you like.
Genre: world music, lo-fi, hypnotic funk