Mark Mulcahy

I Just Shot Myself in the Foot Again

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"I Just Shot Myself in the Foot Again" is the first single taken from Mark Mulcahy's second album, Smilesunset. The song has the somnambulant ease of Ron Sexsmith's best tunes and is a fine introduction to the tenderly expressed grace of the songwriter's muse. It is romantically contemplative and frank, with a particularly unsparing eye for the singer's own motives, but the song also has a filmy and languid gauze hovering over it that lends the proceeding a detached feel. The rest of the record is given over to two totally new compositions as well as one stunning cover from a like-minded artist whose gravitas Mulcahy manages to pull off in his finest moments. Elvis Costello's already lovely "Shipbuilding" gets a scaled-down overhaul that transforms it from a jazz ballad into a severely pensive falsetto love letter trimmed with grim orchestration. It's a perfect complement to the featured song, and works well against the gusto of Mulcahy's wonderful new opuses, both of which balance his wistful side with more full-bodied productions and energetic performances. In addition to the quartet of songs, the EP includes a specially enhanced Quicktime video for "We're Not in Charleston Anymore," also from Smilesunset.

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