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Fastest Machine

by David Smith

A wonderfully understated debut,combining emotional vocals and lyrics with atmospheric production.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Cheap Seats
3:59 $0.99
2. Crush and Flow
3:16 $0.99
3. fastest machine
4:07 $0.99
4. construct
4:16 $0.99
5. Hopelessly Misunderstood
2:42 $0.99
6. Losing Ground
4:07 $0.99
7. No Concern
2:33 $0.99
8. Signal
3:35 $0.99
9. From You to Me
2:28 $0.99
10. Just a Phase
3:06 $0.99
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Album Notes
Rarely does an artist capture the human condition with such honesty and clarity of insight.
A beautifully realised vision,stark and melancholic but ultimately hopeful.
The cd was recorded with musician/ producer Simon Widdowson who has worked with other artists such as The Decemberists and Pete Krebs.



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Matthew Baines

Great songs backed up by a great, atmospheric production. Highly recommended.

george bennett

Wow!Very Impressive!
Smith seems to fit into a simliar category with Joe Henry,Lisa Germano,early"E"(pre-Eels)Nick Drake and Elliot Smith.Beautifully flowing chord structures of acoustic guitar,drums and bass,textured wonderfully with various atmospheric background sounds.David Smith is a major new talent bettering most of the new troubadors by leaps and bounds.

jennifer layton

I couldn't pull myself away from this music.It's powerful.
Complex,seductive,and unlike anything I've heard before.

Stuart Hamilton aka Zeitgeist

Something very strange, and interesting.
I’m not entirely sure what was going on here? David Smith seems to have taken his parents record collection, crushed it up, then put in a blender with some modern alternative rock, and then poured out something very strange, and interesting.

One for fans of the seventies, its 35 minute running time is a major attraction for the vinyl lovers of the past. Hippy lyrics, some ethereal moments, some progtastic moments (think Colin Blunstone sung Alan Parsons Project tracks), allied to some melodic hooks, and there you have it – “Fastest Machine”.

Some will you have thinking he’s of the same ilk as the overrated Nick Drake and Elliot Smiths of this world – or, rather, the next, but there is a depth to his writing, missing from such so-called luminaries. Granted, the subject matter covers a lot of the same bases – poor me, nobody understands me, boo hoo – but he somehow manages on songs like “Crush & Flow” and “Construct” to avoid the nerdish trap others fall into.

Steve Allat

This is a truly fantastic CD
From start to finish this is 35 minutes with none wasted.
Poignant lyrics.Really dig the voice.
Dreamy...Ethereal,yet very grounded and strong.
Every sound seems to be in the right place and never overplayed.All I had to do was pop it in and go along for the ride.

alistair fitchett

It's a bittersweetly seductive album,filled with songs covered in the scent of tired urban sighs coated in the dust of an aching midwest.Filled with an almost abstract sense of loss,Fastest Machine sounds like gazing into a blazing desert sun,the deserted remains of an Edward Hopper gas station the only signs of a lost civilisation.Certainly one of the finest finds of the summer if not the year.

tim peacock

excellent stuff
A gloriously understated,emotional treat from the U.S. midwestern heartland.It's steeped in experience,loss,sadness and a warm grace...simply captivates from start to finish.The title track is insistent and hypnotic,with flecks of piano and a further ambient patchwork.It's a lovely yearning gear,vaguely reminiscent of early bowie...Elsewhere ghosts of recent unsung heroes flit in and out of Smith's muse.Both the pretty but somber "Losing Ground"and especially the emotionally blasted"Signal"recall Mark Kozelek,while the downhome acoustic picking and gentle close miked vocals of "Hopelessly Misunderstood"and the wistful postscript of "Just A Phase"summon (favourable)thoughts of Elliot Smith.The backdrops and vision are very much David Smith's own,though,and with Widdowson's intelligent,sympatico production he's made a great debut that keeps trickery to a minimum and shoves the emotional impact to the fore.Coming seemingly out of nowhere,"Fastest Machine"heralds the arrival of a bona fide new talent.