There has been a lovely collection of covers available on Thomas Bartlett's Doveman webpage for some time. Entitled Steffani Birthday EP, it offers touching cover versions that bear the idiosyncratic touch of Bartlett's talent as a musician and the unmistakeable high, sharp whisper of his voice. It's as if he wants to make it as hard as possible for the mic to pick that voice up, but of course that's not true. The final song of this EP is titled, "Chinatown" and it's slow, sweet, and sour--a beautiful song that immediately demanded repeated listening. The lyric is especially good, even more so if you are in the right frame of mind.
Now I have just come across a new mp3 of a Doveman song called "I Don't" and discovered that it is the same song. So, I've come to the conclusion that it is an original. If I'm wrong, Thomas, let me know, please.
You should also seek out Doveman's debut album, The Acrobat. *Sixeyes review of it is here. It can be bought through insound.com.
steffani birthday EP
+ fade into you [mazzy star]
+ la cienega [ryan adams]
+ new partner [will oldham]
+ reflections after jane [the clientele]
+ chinatown [doveman original]