I heard a track from Dan Lyth's "The Fat Man and the Baby Boy" album on Jim Gellatly's Radio Magnetic show and I was blown away. In the first of two Alternative Xmas shows, Jim played "Maybe This Baby Could Save Us All!" and I was hooked. Fearing it was a one-off I headed off to Dan's website and heard some more of his stuff. What can I say? I bought the album instantly.
But this isn't just any old CD, oh no. The sleeves are individually letter pressed by hand and wrapped in jute twine (bought from B&Q apparently!). Each copy is signed and numbered. The CD has six tracks, four original songs and two covers. If you order four copies and get a fifth one free, including individual gift tags. An ideal Christmas present for loved ones methinks.
Not only that but you get an immediate download of all the tracks in your choice of just about any format you could desire. Wow! The songs and packaging doff their cap to Sufjan Stevens' "Songs for Christmas" but that's no bad thing at all.
The excellent blog also goes into detail about the putting together of the packaging as well as the music. If there's any justice in the world Dan Lyth should be big in 2010.