Ten original songs in the voices of Freud’s early patients written by Charlotte Greig and Anthony Reynolds, and performed with Euros Childs and Richard James (formerly of Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci), Jon Langford the Mekon, Laura J. Martin and others, besides a core ensemble of piano, clarinet, melodeon, violin and viola, guitar.
Rosalie is here, who came because she had lost her voice; Anna O, Little Hans, The Wolf Man, The Rat Man, Dora; and Freud himself, with an ode to cocaine, the wonder drug he thought he had discovered.
All of the songs are based on the actual texts of Freud’s case studies, often in his exact words. There are white wolves in walnut trees, chimney sweeps, crumpled giraffes, lost pince-nez, waltzing women, caged birds, burning houses, blackened breasts, and fountains of snow.
Exquisitely presented in a tiny edition, with a booklet of lyrics, texts and illustrations, a vintage postcard and an appointment reminder, inside a hand-sewn, oversize wallet.