Anchored by a four-on-the-floor rhythm and lifted by Bacharach-esque unison horns, Delray is two and half minutes of pure pop in the vein of the Zombies’ classic “Care of Cell 44."
Astoria, NY (PRWEB) September 28, 2010
“Delray” b/w “Little Bit of You” is the fourth in a series of six “virtual vinyl” singles scheduled for release in 2010 by Jay Sherman-Godfrey and available for download exclusively at jayshermangodfrey.com.
As we enter the first days of autumn, Jay Sherman-Godfrey and his band take one last, over-the-shoulder look at summer with their new digital 45. “Delray has that nervous, hopeful romantic energy that I associate with summer,” say Sherman-Godfrey. “So much promise, but so little time; you might get caught going for something that’s just a little too far out of reach. The guy in Delray doesn’t get there, but he savors the lingering sweetness of the brief moment when it might have been.” Anchored by a four-on-the-floor rhythm and lifted by Bacharach-esque unison horns, Delray is two and half minutes of pure pop in the vein of the Zombies’ classic “Care of Cell 44” (with a chord change cadged from “A Rose for Emily” for good measure). “The song was very much influenced by my friend and fellow songwriter Micheal Shelley’s style—a certain kind of dry-witted, melancholy pop-rock that I really admire,” adds Sherman-Godfrey.
Delray’s wistful coda segues perfectly into the B-side, Little Bit of You. Sherman-Godfrey wrote Little Bit of You in the early nineties for Angel Dean and the Zephyrs, but it was Laura Cantrell who first cut the song on her much-heralded 1999 debut, Not the Trembling Kind. Here, Sherman-Godfrey adopts classical-guitar driven, gentle Latin feel akin to The Beatles And I Love Her. “Laura’s lovely version really sets a high bar, but I always wanted to try the song like this, stripped down to the essentials,” he explains. The intimate setting makes the longing in the lyric palpable, accentuated by Cheri Leone’s silky harmonies.
Fully embracing the virtual vinyl concept, each single in the series features a proper “A” and “B” side and lovingly detailed sleeve and label art work by designer Mark Paul. The songs were produced, recorded, and mixed by Sherman-Godfrey at Chatzkill Studio and Able Mobile HQ and mastered by Paul Gold/Salt Mastering In addition to Leone, the tracks feature Nancy Polstein on drums, glockenspiel and vocal, Jeremy Chatzky on bass guitar and bass viol, Jeff Hermanson on Flugelhorn, and Brian Drye on trombone.
Jay Sherman-Godfrey has enjoyed a long and varied musical career in and around New York City. He produced Laura Cantrell’s acclaimed first two CDs, Not The Trembling Kind and When the Roses Bloom Again, and has recorded and performed with They Might Be Giants, Tandy, Amy Rigby, Michael Shelley, Eric “Roscoe” Ambel, and Mojo Nixon, among many others. In the early 1980s, he co-founded the seminal NYC country-rock band World Famous Blue Jays with singer and songwriting partner Jeremy Tepper. He operates Able Mobile Recording Lab in a space shared with Joe McGinty’s Carousel Vintage Keyboard Studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.