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If I had to give a straight comparison I'd say that MPD is very much in the Nick Cave and/or Leonard Cohen style; similarly dark and intense as the former, comparably poetic and murkily melodic as the latter. MPD defo has something goin' on here - 'Fruits Of The Forest' is extremely enjoyable (albeit in a slightly moody way!) and very listenable; in just three stunning songs, MPD sets his stall out in no uncertain terms - observational musical poetry covering the trials and tribulations, as well as the rewarding times, of life. MPD sounds totally focussed and hell-bent on telling the world about things that 'eat him up' inside.
I don't think 'Fruits Of The Forest' will make MPD a rich and famous artist but if this guy can get out to enough similarly minded music lovers I can easily see him becoming a bit of a cult phenomenon. Indeed, 'Fruits Of The Forest' isn't exactly commercial in the banal sense but it does show that MPD is a damn fine lyricist and great musician - there's a bit of a weird Peter Hammill thing goin' on - perhaps not quite as obviously self deprecating as Hammill but equally scary and similarly fascinating!
As a self released work, 'Fruits Of The Forest' by the enigmatic MPD shows great promise; its empathetically handled, low-key production only adds to the tormented feel of the songs and MPD's impassioned vocal work emphasises the hurt, anguish and belief of his words. This aint no Christmas number one but I'm sufficiently moved by MPD's work to want to know and hear more. I like what I've heard here and hope that MPD can carry on along these lines to become a new dark musical poet of our times.