Here's a thing - a brand new album with what might be thought of as traditional values. Eye to Eye is the trading name for Julian Marshall and Deborah Berg, two quirky songwriters and musicians. Clean Slate is a fine and strutting collection of songs made by people who come from a generation which understands that if music is to mean anything it needs to be played in real time by real people. Each word has its place, every note its space and no one has to shout to get heard.
Particular mention for drummer Martin Ditcham, who plays as if he has been touched by the gods, and for producer Rhett Davies who has created a cohesive sound world in which the music exists. The songs deal with grown up issues, parenting, the passing of time, lost affairs. There is even a hint of Dannish harmonies in the air. What more could you want? This album is a joy.