In the wee small hours of morning
I am the lord of little things.
Breathe through nostrils of science,
mutter words of faith.
If I was a lion I'd eat you slowly,
if I was a line I'd go straight.
If I was a sloth I'd hang in my tree
indolent and free;
I'd forget the rat-man race.
Goodbye crude whirl.
- From the liner notes of Narcosis Plus
Critics were not kind, but "dreamy" though it may have been, the music was certainly interesting in the context of Steve Kilbey's earlier works. Add to this four unreleased tracks from the same sessions and you have a much greater insight into what was happening Kilbey's musical proression at the time.
So what we have are the original tracks foolowed by four previously un-released songs, The Egyptian, Midnite in America, Linda Wong and English Kiss. Why these weren't issued at the time is anyone's guess, but they sound as strong and vibrant as anything Kilbey has ever done.
Interestingly two of the tracks on Steve Cummings' recent Escapist CD were previously recorded in original form by Kilbey. Sleep with Me which was released on Narcosis and the Midnight in America recorded at the same sessions is now available for the first time on Narcosis Plus, as perfomed by Kilbey.
Fact of the matter is, Narcocis in its original CDEP format has become a hard item to track down these days, and it deserves to be re-examined in order to take its rightful place among Kilbey's solo legacy. For this reason it should certainly become a worthy addition to the collection of anyone interested in this area of Australian Music.
As an added bonus the first 1000 copies will contain a personally Autographed card from the man himself!
The painting featured on the cover was done by Guy Crosley.