Downtown Puff

Downtown Puff
Downtown Puff
Studio album by Edmund Cake
Released 3 June 2004
Genre Indie pop
Length 36:39
Label Lil' Chief Records
Producer Edmund Cake
Professional reviews

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  • New Zealand Herald 4/5 stars link
Lil' Chief Records chronology
Downtown Puff
Mars Loves Venus

Although Downtown Puff was released as a solo project, it represents a multitude of musical collaborations, including Anna Coddington as well as Neil Finn and Tim Finn. Two of the other collaborators were Geoff Maddock and Joel Wilton, the other sides of the creative triangle which made up the short-lived Flying Nun phenomenon Bressa Creeting Cake. Since the dissolution of the band soon after the release of their acclaimed (self-titled) album in 1997 Geoff and Joel have found popular and critical success with Goldenhorse.

Much of the material on the album was devised while McWilliams was living in a third-floor studio space on Gore Street in Auckland's red-light district. This particular audio environment - with its incessant street brawls, strip club pop and Doobie Brothers hits played by the covers band in the 24-hour bar downstairs - provided a peculiar backdrop for the evolution of delicate instrumentals on tracks such as "Airshow" and "You're Watching Me". It was here too that McWilliams recorded the one-take improvised vocal for "My Son the Harpist", an intentionally free-form lyric which reveals itself to be the story of a complex father/son relationship in a fictitious Pacific village.

Track listing

  1. "Secret Girl" – 3:16
  2. "We Live Like Kings" – 2:11
  3. "Golden Man" – 4:51
  4. "Gunga" – 3:27
  5. "My Son The Harpist" – 4:39
  6. "You're Watching Me" – 3:10
  7. "The Airshow" – 5:08
  8. "Silverdale" – 4:16
  9. "Beautiful Sleep" – 2:33
  10. "Oh Baby Bear" - 3:08

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