Mr Day’s latest project is the release of his first solo album, produced by Patchworks, and featuring the live band he tours with. Small Fry was recorded live with the musicians Mr Day tours with: drummer RÃ©my Kaprielan, RaphaÃ«l Chambouvet on keys, and his constant accomplice.
The musical style is vast and replete, but the composition and production manage to never fall prey to shortcuts or repetitiveness. Patchworks has said that he wanted the album to be “as deep, ambitious and complete as possible, to equal Mr Day’s immense talent.”
The tracks take us from softness (“That’s How I Feel About You,” an irresistible ballad) to tenseness (“Tears Of Joy” and “Heaven Knows” are each a perfect blend of power and melody). Songs such as “Precious” or “Soul on Wax” are proof of Mr Day’s great writing talent – like the greats of Motown did, he enthralls listeners with authentic soul music. The three covers glide over the terrains of elegant pop with Dusty Springfield’s “Spooky” and rugged soul from the south with Sebastian Williams’ “Get Your Point Over,” and even glam rock with T Rex’s “Get it On,” interpreted here with a west coast sound reminiscent of Steely Dan. “Both Sides,” an infectious folk ballad along the lines of Nick Drake and John Martyn is a beautiful finish to a wondrous album – a record full of pure soul music, from suave to edgy and raw, but always with the elegance Mr Day carries so uniquely.
An extensive record collector, occasional DJ and radio show host, the musical eclectism Mr Day lives by always leads him right back to the path of soul.