With a studio band that includes Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon on guitar, “Memories” — a song the 77-year-old Swamp Dogg originally demoed when he was in his forties — glides along with soulful piano, bongo, and some psychedelic lead guitar. Coupled with that, the easygoing rhythm and spacey production flourishes draw on elements of reggae and dub.
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“Memories don’t leave like people do/And that’s why anytime anywhere I can still be with you,” sings Prine in the song’s opening verse, directing his words to someone who is absent for reasons unclear but still remains a fixture in his mind. Swamp Dogg chimes in to echo these sentiments. “I look at the picture and count the days/When you come back, I’ll love you just that many ways,” he sings at one point.
“‘Memories’ is my personal take on: unnecessary lies, sex, death, old school chums; the concept of love, family and friends,” says Swamp Dogg in a release.
Sorry You Couldn’t Make It, which was produced by Ryan Olson, also includes the previously released country-soul ballad “Sleeping Without You Is a Dragg.” The new album is the follow-up to Swamp Dogg’s 2017 release Love, Loss & Auto-Tune.
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