Supergroups, under that terms various severity of meaning, occur for myriad reasons, but chiefly out of a mutual respect and sense of fun. Or because respective creative wells have run dry and they still have commercial currency together. And while that principle reason must apply to this Scot trio (a more comfortably entwined modern folk record you surely wont hear all year), it feels like a deep, underlying necessity overrules any other reasoning. This had to be made, or so it feels--it exists both because and independently of three perfectly successful, if low key, careers; Kris Drever is a folk singer-songwriter, John McCusker a lauded fiddle supremo and Roddy Woomble may be the best known of the three as sometime frontman of Idlewild and blossoming solo artist. Before the Ruin
is very much its own entity, a debut album in its own right. From the hyper traditional fluttering on an evening breeze fiddle-n-accordion folk of "The Poorest Company" to the slow-budding arm-waving shoot of hope in the poetic "Silver & Gold" and pattering, atmospheric twinkles of "Moments Last Forever", there is an unruffled, hand-woven synchronicity to it all. It also lies on a rich bed of secondary instrumentation provided by members of Teenage Fanclub, Radiohead drummer Phil Selway and others, enhancing the feeling of collaboration. That it is not performed for any clear financial dividend, and in spite of its completeness was recorded largely over just seven afternoons, makes it all the more precious. --James Berry
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