Serafina Steer - 'The Moths Are Real'
A Jarvis Cocker-produced eccentric grab-bag
When Jarvis Cocker declared Steer’s ‘Change Is Good Change Is Good’ his favourite album of 2010, the Peckham songwriter asked him to put his music where his mouth was and produce her next record. The result is an eccentric grab-bag of styles and influences, with enough harps on it to keep Joanna Newsom fans happy, and even a retro 4/4 beat dancing in on the aptly named ‘Disco Compilation’. The oddest track, ‘The Removal Man’, is also the best, where funny, blunt lyrics like “You hate my friends/Yet fantasise about them as well” show why the bard of Sheffield has taken such a shine to her.
Kevin EG Perry