Once upon a time, the Motel's long-suffering editor was having a long-night chat with the student radio genius that is Miss Charlotte Ingham. After spending some time putting the world to rights, Char put on a CD by Amos Lee and declared, halfway through the first song "If I could, I'd marry that voice..."
Following its initial run as an audio feature on Fuse FM's Some More for the City in sping 2006, I'd Marry That Voice relocates to a print format - two hundred or so words on why you adore any musician's voice, with two or three songs to back up your case. This month, Kate kicks off proceedings, with the focus on rising Mancunian singer-songwriter Liam Frost...
Back in the day, when the horror of final law and politics exams were looming and lecturers weren’t marking things, I was given a CD in a beautiful “cardboard sachet” (apologies to fellow Fugitive Motel scribe Tom Harrison, who I’ve shamelessly nicked that expression from) by Mr Thom Gibbs, then head of music at Fuse FM. Anyway, I placed it in my shitty little excuse for a CD player, and lo and behold, a beautiful, beautiful voice sung a painfully sad song which captivated me for the whole of the following four and a half minutes.
Many of you will have heard that song yourself - it’s the Slowdown Family’s first single proper, The Mourners Of St Paul’s. And I played it again, and again, and again, until its majesty sunk in. Ladies and gentlemen, I’d just been introduced to the greatest thing to come out of Prestwich since the Metrolink.
I strongly maintain the opinion that there is absolutely no way in hell that a man of just twenty-three years old should have a voice that’s capable of breaking even the coldest of hearts. A voice that can spit bile (This Is Love) and convey hope (This City Is At Standstill) with exactly the same clarity, depth and warmth.
If I ever meet Liam Frost, I would like to hand him our household copy of the phonebook, ask him to turn to any page he likes, and compose a song in a style of his choosing. It’s an oft-used cliché, but one I reserve for those I know would make its contents sound like the greatest damn thing on this earth.
words: Kate Goodacre
Liam Frost’s debut album ‘Show Me How The Spectres Dance’ is available on Lavolta Records now.