Fledderjohn is the performing name of a gentleman named Michael Heath. A couple of years ago, back when my songwriting blog was trying to be a podcast, I made use of a wonderful song of his to illustrate some songwriting point or other. I lost the recording of that podcast when moving server a few months ago, so I can’t share that with you.
I can however, share his new album. Monsters, Whores and More is a wonderful set of songs. I don’t know if he had steampunk in mind when he created it, but with that airship on the cover, the gloriously fragile acoustic folk sound, lines like ‘Bumble bees and beagles, Mr Darwin help me please’ and songs about adventure on the high-seas, I’m going to declare it a steampunk(ish) masterpiece.
Particular favourites of mine are the opening track Tiny Boat, Fiddler’s Field and Evolution Song, but the whole album is a sublime slice of nautical songwriting that deserves to be on your music player of choice.
Ratcatcher – A steampunk song that makes use of Victorian slang to warn of a scary, inhuman steam-powered robot policeman.
Papercut – A song that happened by accident because of a loop I had from another piece. I think it’s about living in a police state, but just because I wrote the lyrics doesn’t mean I have to understand them.
I’ve been gradually putting things up on youtube. Here’s a photo montage thing to go with the instrumental track ‘Two’ from Spinning the Compass, and a copy of The Man Who Learnt To Fly, which can be downloaded by members of the mailing list.