Ondřej Galuška, founding member of the Czech band Eggnoise, is the guiding light behind Odd Gifts and he composed this song, the first track to be released from the album Migrant Songs. With lyrics like “As a stranger who do you trust to give you directions?” and “What would you like to fill your bowl?” it reflects the up-to-the-minute debate about migration and how it feels to find yourself in a country that’s not your home.
Appropriately he’s joined on this single by Senegalese percussionist Moustapha Faye and vocalists James Harries and Alasdair Bouch, two expat Englishmen currently resident in Prague. Weighing in at just under three minutes it’s initially a very gentle sound composed of semi-acoustic guitar, electric bass, cut back drum-kit and African drum – but after around two minutes a three-piece brass section (sax, trumpet and trombone) comes in to add body. The catchy chorus of “Sleep sound for the rest of the, for the rest of the night” shows the lyrics’ essential compassion, and the warm musical tone complements this. It’s a pleasant, rather thought-provoking song but somehow rather slight: we look forward to seeing whether the other Odd Gifts served up on the forthcoming album (released on August 30) add a little more weight.
Migrant Song’ is currently available on iTunes at £0.79, and the album ‘Migrant Songs’ will be released on 30th August, both on the Indies Scope label.