Last week, I discovered a brilliant album called ‘Is Dead’ by an Irish electronica artist who goes by the name of Weakling & King. The album is reminiscent of the kind of glitchy electronica that City Centre Offices and Morr Music put out. But there’s lots of clever touches and a sense of humour that is matched with an ‘under the duvet’-style melencholia. It also includes some magnificent cover versions including Glen Campbell’s ‘Wichita Lineman’, Nilsson’s ‘Everybody’s Talkin’, OMD’s ‘Of All of the Things We’ve Made’ and Louis Armstrong’s ‘What a Wonderful World’.
After doing some detective work, it seems that Weakling & King is a pseudonym for Phil Porter who is also a member of Dry County. You can certainly see the similarities between the two acts but there is less of a rock element to Weakling & King than is sometimes present with Dry Countyand also veers into more ambient areas than them. What you will be happy to hear, I’m sure, is that not only can you hear it now but you can also download it now for free from here along with some other material. And as much as I’m glad I was able to download the album for free, I do think it’s a shame that it’s not available as a legitimate tangible release. Hopefully, it will be at some stage.