The Serviettes 17


Chatham UK   Jan 2011  

Artist Bio

Influences:   Jonathan Bree, Phoebe Bridgers, Timber Timbre, Ex:Re, Karen O/Danger Mouse, Bon Iver, Francoise Hardy, Eels, Michael Kiwanuka, Perfume Genius, Low, David Sylvian, Pedro the Lion, Goldfrapp, Brecht/Weill, James Blake, Bjork, Benjamin Clementine, The Breeders, Serge Gainsbourg, Car Seat Headrest, Dagmar Krause, David Bowie, Beatles, Portishead, Jacques Brel, Elliott Smith, SFA, Pulp, Mitski, Big Thief, Courtney Barnett, BC Camplight, Sufjan Stevens, Chamber Pop, Lounge, Ye-ye, Surf, 60s Pop, Psychedelia, Tropicalia


Well, that was an uneventful year! I miss the halcyon days of FAWM 2020, when all we had to worry about was that half the world was on fire. Good times.

I've had a reasonably productive year music-wise but I've not actually written that many songs. I spent most of it finishing my second album:

This means recently I've spent far too long clicking a mouse instead of actually playing music and I'm bored by it. My demos will likely be a bit more lo-fi this year! I've got a few new toys to play with - a vocal effects unit, a pocket drum machine, banjo - which I hope will speed up my work flow a bit.

I think that I rely on story/concept songs a bit too much, so I'm aiming to write some lyrics that are a bit more oblique and poetic (cue 14 story songs!).

Check out some other miscreants from my home town of Medway, if you dare:



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  • @wolfkier 6 weeks

    care to help a little?

  • @shelleroo1  Mar 12

    Hey, @sailingmagpie! Thanks so much for the awesome comments! I'll make sure to spend some time on your stuff tomorrow. Let me know if there's any in particular you'd like me to check out!

  • @audrey  Mar 11

    Thank you for the kind comment. It's appreciated.

  • @berni1954  Mar 11

    Glad you liked my Hotdogs for Hobbits. The skirmish theme for that o0ne was "Hotdogs" or "Hobbits" and the prize for combining the two was the host saying she'd listen to all of the songs of the person who pulled that off. I hope she has the time to squeeze in that promise before April 14th ๐Ÿ˜

    Ah, Tom Bombadil. What a shame Peter Jackson never included him in the Trilogy (not even the extended version).

  • @shelleroo1  Mar 10

    Interested in a #tit4tat, @sailingmagpie?

  • @berni1954  Mar 10

    Glad you liked my "Sailing Away" - the Gmaj7 opening was one I came up with while seeking inspiration for chord sequences on a website that generates them for you. The free version only does 4 chords, but the Gmaj7 to Em was exactly what I was looking for.

  • @mattoxic  Mar 9

    Hi, just saying thanks for taking the time to listen and comment. And wow, I'm in awe of what you've managed to put together for this years' FAWM. Really impressive body of work.

  • @balancelost  Mar 7
    Check this one out. It's my submission for the 2021 "FAWM song that most sounds like a track from Six" award.

  • @lennie  Mar 5

    Thank you for your comment and advice "Agree on pushing vocals up a bit." I think I'll be calling this month (learn to) mix March ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @nuno  Mar 5

    Great - looking forward to it. I owe Richaaaay some listens and then I'll be straight onto you. It's going to be a busy but fun evening ๐Ÿ˜

  • @tawalker Mar 5

    Many thanks for your kind comments on โ€œMeanderโ€ - I do like the โ€œSweater Weather Instrumentalsโ€ playlist, especially if itโ€™s a bit cold, grey and damp outside!

  • @lanasolyluna Mar 5

    Thank you for your comment about the liner notes! I wasn't sure if anyone actually read them ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @nuno  Mar 5

    Hi there - @WolfKier directed me over to you. Are you up for a game of Tit4Tat? I have up to 7 songs to trade.

    Congratulations on smashing the target - I'm in total awe of anyone who can make it to 14.

  • @nadine Mar 4

    Thanks for listening to "Don't tell me if it hurts" and appreciating the song. We will finish it as a full production in some weeks or months, depending on our schedules.

  • @susyblue  Mar 4

    Thanks mate so good to be back and congrats on an epic fawm!

  • @sph  Mar 3

    Uploaded a second version with more guitars and backing vocals => instant chorus effect on everything masking the "shitty tracks" ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • @santadharma  Mar 3

    Thank you so much for all your lovely comments! It was a real treat just reading through them all XX

  • @fearlessflight2014  Mar 2

    Oh and congrats on the win!!

  • @fearlessflight2014  Mar 2

    Truth is....Iโ€™m becoming callously immune to the fact that everything I eat, drink or wear will either a. Give me cancer b. Promote child labour or c. Contribute to global warming and the collapse of the world as we know it.

  • @alboe Mar 2

    Could have been Jeff Tweedy but I'm not sure. It was a youtube video from @stevenwesleyguiles, where he showed this trick but he got it from a book. Can't find it now so I'm unable to check.

  • @iwilleatyou Mar 2

    You mean the Beatles weren't on PCP?? Wow. Thanks for comparing us to Sgt. Peppers. Doesn't get bigger than that I suppose.

  • @didib Mar 2

    Thank you Dan for your kind comments on 'Autumn Slowly Enters' it was a real pleasure to sing to Nadia's wonderful piano and Kristi's beautiful lyrics ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • @adforperu  Mar 1

    Thank you for all your comments sir, most kind! I'll be over your way at some point this week, I've got plenty of catching up to do..

  • @bammann Mar 1

    Thanks for your words!

  • @gm7  Mar 1

    Tkx for comment on FUZZ guitar have to cut loose sometimes. Congrats on 14

  • @spinhead Feb 28

    I remember re: the bass on Linda. Cool. Also thanks for the niceness on Matild.

  • @balancelost  Feb 27

    Congratulations on your 14! I promise I will come back listen to them soon

  • @shelleroo1  Feb 26

    Thanks so much for your comments on Mother Mary! So glad you liked it!

  • @sciren  Feb 25

    I'm so glad to hear you're enjoying my solo concept album! I am considering looking into having it released properly at some point. Feedback like yours is definitely helping with that decision. I appreciate it!

  • @tangle  Feb 24

    Thanks for your kind feedback on Ammolite. I know I'm way behind in getting into Sufjan Stevens' albums so thank you for recommending Carrie & Lowell. Just pulled it up and love it already.

  • @beat  Feb 24

    ห‹]. Thx for taking your time.

  • @antlion Feb 22

    also love that story!! i literally forgot that the same guy is Owen and in American Football lol

  • @antlion Feb 22

    thanks for your kind comments, I really appreciate it!! ๐Ÿ˜ญ

  • @wolfkier Feb 22

    Thanks for sweeping my last 3 and leaving such kind comments. Appreicated much, again. If you remember the way we first encountered each other was through my #tit4tat idea a few years ago. We're still trading and happily but I made a forum post for that again this year, if you're interested, you might want to add your name and participate again this fawm.

  • @jonmeta  Feb 22

    Thanks! Beat's line about "speaking your name so loud in my mind" was the standout for me too when he sent it. We were def going for an early Emmylou Harris sound, so 1971 sounds perfect. Thanks for listening and for your insightful comments.

  • @prsongsmith  Feb 22

    Thank you for the kind comments on "Birds of Galway Bay"! Really appreciate your taking the time to listen! (and I don't often get compliments on my guitar playing, so thank you for that!)

  • @ampersandman  Feb 21

    Thank you for your listens and your comments!

  • @nadine Feb 20

    Thanks for your comment on "Going my way"! You're right it has something from Radiohead!

  • @rwhosings  Feb 19

    Thanks so much for your comments on "Thoughts" and "Undertow". High praise!

  • @raquelita11 Feb 19

    Thanks for your feedback on "I'm gonna Love You Enough" I really appreciate it!

  • @didib Feb 19

    Thanks for your comment on 'Sandcastles' - I checked out the song you mentioned, really enjoyed it, thanks ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • @plushbaby  Feb 19

    Great list of influences, looking forward to checking out more of your stuff when time isn't so jammed with trying to write and record!

  • @povosos  Feb 18

    Thank you for your comment ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @balancelost  Feb 17

    Hey, thanks for the listening sesh. I have also the "the worst" for listening lately. Anyway, Rubylove is great and I wish I had a bouzouki. I actually got a copy of Teaser and the Firecat on vinyl for 500 yen (about ยฃ3.50) a couple of months ago!

  • @owl  Feb 17

    Thanks for the comments! I feel like I should tell your inner child a story about Willy Street (actually Williamson St but nobody calls it that): I was sitting in a cafe downtown when I noticed a man sitting a few tables away was staring right at me and exposing himself under the table and playing with himself. I was freaked out and vamoosed. (I probably should have called the police, but oh well) Anyway a few months later I saw that same man again. He was SELLING HOT DOGS at a hot dog stand on WILLY STREET! This is sort of a horrible tale but I also thought it was pretty funny.

  • @tawalker Feb 15

    Thanks for your kind comments on "When Spring Came" ๐Ÿ˜€ I'm consciously going for the kind of general "sound" you hear on Iron & Wine's early releases - "The Creek Drank The Cradle" is a "desert island album for me - so the electric lead guitar sound is somewhat influenced by I&W's lap-steel guitar on those recordings. I also like layering the accompanying instruments so they make one "large" instrument, but hopefully not too obviously...

  • @didib Feb 15

    Thank you for your kind comment on Cyril's millions. I really appreciate it ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • @faceofeinstein  Feb 15

    Hey, I appreciate the kind words regarding my collabs with @xfloorpunchx. We have one more in the works at the moment!

  • @rwhosings  Feb 15

    Thanks again. I like rhyming vowel sounds rather than full-on rhymes.

  • @rwhosings  Feb 13

    Thanks for the comment. I always love a good counterpoint melody, thanks for the idea!

  • @piney  Feb 9

    That is so awesome!! Haha! Canโ€™t wait to hear itโ˜บ๏ธ

  • @beat  Feb 8

    Thx for your comments. Looks and sounds good, the Roland VT.

  • @wolfkier Feb 8

    Oh boy! You really went to town on my stuff today! Thanks, I appreciate the listens and very kind comments muchly ๐Ÿ˜€ Now....

  • @girlsinuniform Feb 7

    Your songs seem to finish too soon. Please can you let them fade out a bit more, leave the effects to finish, sort of thing?

    Also, they are beautiful.

  • @andrewjtaylor  Feb 7

    So true. I've been catching my mind wandering recently while listening to audio as well. My commute requires audio, though, since I'm the driver. ๐Ÿ˜€ Tweedy really makes things simple and I love that.

  • @andrewjtaylor  Feb 6

    I got the audiobook of Jeff Tweedy's "How to Write a Song" from I got through 2 of the 3 hours. I'm much less likely to read a book than listen. The title involves a great premise which I totally agree with. No one writes songs. They write one song at a time - a much less daunting venture.

  • @rwhosings  Feb 6

    Thanks! I love harmony, but I'm new to recording, so I'm learning how to time things and layer well.

  • @vomvorton  Feb 6

    Damn that's fast! I thought the post was a bit messed up at the moment, I guess not! Enjoy!

  • @didib Feb 6

    Ayup, yes I'm back this year. So far only have one song marinading but I've got a couple of nice challenges to do. Loving your songs. Happy FAWM!

  • @dancrook Feb 5

    Thanks for the kind words man

  • @vomvorton  Feb 5

    Ooh thanks for the Vowl Sounds order! Much appreciated, I'll bung one in the post today.

  • @petemurphy  Feb 5

    Arrrggghhh, sorry for the late reply. I'm terribly disorganised. I'm only just getting around to reply to some of my soundboard messages. Thanks for the note. I hope your FAWM is going well so far.

  • @splittybooms  Feb 4

    Cool method with the piano!
    Also, thank you for introducing me to Lemon Jelly...

  • @splittybooms  Feb 4

    Yep, that'll happen when you listen to my stuff sometimes. Sorry bout' that.
    My brain is already broked. Maybe that's why I make silly stuff like that.

  • @kaidelong Feb 1

    Heya, thanks for the welcome, and good luck this year.

  • @lastnightilie Jan 30

    Ah cool. He has always been nice to me too - he has given me advice and encouragement, and let me play at two of his three annual festivals so far. He's awesome!

  • @antlion Jan 29

    I am!! glad to see you back ๐Ÿ˜€ Every year I keep hoping this will be the year I'll be able to hang in for more than a few songs so fingers crossed...

  • @outinpublicdrummer  Jan 28

    Thank you! Good luck this month!

  • @ninipuff Jan 28

    wishing you a glorious fawm as well!

  • @fonte  Jan 27

    helll yeahhhh!! See you in Feb!!

  • @wolfkier Jan 26

    Thanks so much for the warm welcome hello. Looking forward to catching up with your music. Have a fun FabFeb21!

  • @thelowestbitter  Jan 26

    Hey! Happy fawming ๐Ÿ˜€

  • @tomski Jan 26

    Looking forward to hearing some new sounds from you this year dude. Banjo!?! Such a tricky instrument but lots of fun to learn and will certainly add a different texture to your songs. Benji has requested at least one murder ballad/death song/serial killer song please! (He's a big fan apparently!)

  • @teapot Jan 26

    I hope so Magpie. Thanks for the message ๐Ÿ˜€ yay for Fawm

  • @girlsinuniform Jan 24

    Let's see what comes out of the sound hole this year!

  • @santadharma  Jan 24

    Hey there. Welcome back friend. Letโ€™s make some great music.

  • @cynthiawolff  Jan 22

    As always looking forward to your amazing talent!

  • @balancelost  Jan 20

    Last night I had a dream where I was at a bar/museum/venue with Bill Murray watching the Blue Nile. neat huh?

  • @terroratspacecamp  Jan 20

    Hey Serviettes. Enjoyed your Nur Ein run!

  • @sciren  Jan 18

    You as well! Can't wait for February!

  • @oddbod  Jan 18

    Hi, good to see the Kent contingent still here and kicking

  • @splittybooms  Jan 18

    It is calling and I'm crying out for it in return.
    Can't wait.
    Here's to a great FAWM for you!

  • @teapot Jan 18

    Ahh I hope so! I shall look forward to hearing your music ๐Ÿ‘

  • @airbagtester  Jan 18

    Thanks! You have a great one too!

  • @adforperu  Jan 17

    Ahoy! Let's do this.

  • @jeustan  Jan 17

    Same to you! Happy FAWM!

  • @owl  Jan 17

    Hello!!! Happy FAWM!

  • @piney  Jan 17

    ๐Ÿ˜€ Yay! Happy FAWM! Looking forward to hearing your awesome tunes this year!

  • @vomvorton  Jan 16

    My tunage is best served with a Serviette! Back atcha!

  • @shortdan  Jan 16

    Hey there! Hope all's well at your end. I am indeed hoping to contribute a bit more this year!

  • @mikedebenham  Jan 16

    Great to see you back. And with a banjo too. This bodes well.

  • @judypie  Jan 16

    Yas! Iโ€™ll take a fresh slice of magpie please ๐Ÿ˜

  • @headfirstonly  Jan 16

    Nice to see you here again! Happy FAWMing!

  • @spikedirection  Jan 16

    Welcome back bro. I on the other hand am setting out to tell a story, so lets see how that pans out!

  • @beat  Jan 13

    Hi there, have a good month. I really enjoyed your album On the spoty. Thx for the music.