Yo Zushi - "Seven Sleepers" by YoZushi published on 2013-02-20T20:49:36Z One from the archives... "Seven Sleepers" is from my second album, "Notes for 'Holy Larceny'", released by Pointy Records in 2007. One day I was reading Emily Dickinson and listening to the "Basement Tapes" when suddenly this song came into being. I played this at Shakespeare and Company in Paris not long ago - a veteran poet lady came up to me afterwards and asked, "So... do you know the work of Emily Dickinson?" First time I'd been busted - but then she said, "The best poets steal!" I'd learned growing up listening to Dylan and the Beatles that love and theft sont les mots qui vont très bien ensemble, très bien ensemble. Around the time of its release, we supported Micah P Hinson, Scritti Politti, Patrick Wolf, etc. Critics said: "A raw... intriguing talent" -- Steve Lamacq, BBC Radio 2 "All the credentials to be the under-sung musical hero that we just don't get any more... Excellent" -- *****, Amelia's Magazine "Lucid tales of alcohol-fuzzled intrigue and mishap... Melodies soaked in a warm melancholia" -- Metro Q Magazine only gave it three stars out of five this time but compared me to "a Richard Hawley with knowing winks", whatever that means. "Sweet melodies that entice you back... A taste of something different" -- Maverick "Diversity and newness throughout... Haunting" -- Comes with a Smile "Dreamy and beautiful... Versatile yet intense... Yo Zushi's campfire tales are at once wistful and uplifting, and this talented songwriter's fire looks set to continue burning" -- **** and a half, Subba Culture "One of the most interesting albums of 2007... A world of acoustic music coffee bars, late night semi-drunken musings and the deeper darker edges of folk is explored and discovered" -- Americana UK Recorded by Dan Lea at Golden Hum, mostly live. Antonio "Pops" Papaleo on drums, Dan McKean on lead guitar, Rob Fisher on lap steel, Ross Palmer on bass, Russell Parton singing harmony vocals and me (Yo Zushi) on guitar/vocals.