Mystery Slang ‎– Purple The Sails

Bristol Archive Records ‎– ARC018
File, MP3, Album, Reissue


1 Cooler Girl (Blues)
2 You're A Fury
3 Shakers Inn
4 The Bears Run
5 Last Call
6 Calling Shelter
7 Lonesome Pride
8 Angel Of Death
9 The Hawk



Weirdness sells on a good day, Mystery Slang, a man with a vision hatched in a booze bottle and given flight in a lot of bad dreams. 'Purple The Sails' reveals someone with one ear tuned into Tom Waits electric blues, the other to the Doors and dayglo rock. The strength of this set of songs is the uncluttered spaciousness of the arrangements set against a spoken narrative lyric. The album was originally released in Europe in 1992 under the working title of 'River Towns'. It has now been repackaged with two additional tracks as 'Purple The Sails'.

Lets start with some basics first, like Mystery Slang is not a 'they' it's a 'he'. Latif Gardez was born of a Scottish mother and an Italian journalist father. It was a distinctly creative, distinctly volatile upbringing.

Latif has spent a lot of time drifting around the country going from job to job, town to town, hanging around in bands, teaching himself to play and devouring books, catching up on a lost education. He has immersed himself in the words of Rimbaud, Conrad, Samuel R Delaney, Baudelairé, Bukowski and T S Eliot... the 'Blue Period' music of Scott Walker, Miles Davies and Sinatra.

He moved to Bristol for a long period and released two singles, one for New Bristol Records and another for Wavelength Records.