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Diamond Mine [CD]

King Creosote & Jon Hopkins Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (28 Mar 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Domino
  • ASIN: B004M5BJY0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,499 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  4. Running On Fumes 6:360.69  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Your Own Spell 3:510.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Your Young Voice 3:170.69  Buy MP3 


Product Description

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Diamond Mine' is a unique and heartrending collaboration between Scottish Fence Collective boss and singer King Creosote and electronic talent and sound sculptor Jon Hopkins. Described by King Creosote as a "soundtrack to a romanticised version of a life lived in a Scottish coastal village", the record weaves in field recordings of Fife life, bike wheels, spring tides, tea cups and café chatter to produce a beautiful, unique and timeless album.

BBC Review

First, a little background. Kenny ‘King Creosote’ Anderson is a Fife-based singer-songwriter and patriarch figure of a loose conglomerate of folk-inspired musicians, the Fence Collective. Architect of a good three-dozen records since 1998, mostly self-released, but some appearing on bigger labels – see 2005’s KC Rules OK and 2007’s Bombshell, which saw the light on 679 Recordings – his style is so intimate, low-key, but often surprisingly affecting songs that accrue a real emotional weight.

His collaborator here on Diamond Mine is one Jon Hopkins, a graduate of London’s Royal College of Music who has worked on a couple of big projects recently: he contributed keyboard and sound effects to Coldplay’s last album, and collaborated with Brian Eno, composing material for the ambient pioneer’s 2010 album Small Craft on a Milk Sea. King Creosote has none of the stadium bombast of Coldplay, or the experimental tendencies of Eno – but all the same, this is a collaboration that makes sense. Both share a taste for a rather languid tempo, that of small-town life and the more tender, bittersweet emotions; and theirs is a pairing that’s complementary, Hopkins colouring in the spaces around Anderson’s wearied voice, guitar and woozy accordion.

It starts with a splash of such colour in the shape of First Watch, a field recording of a bustling café, spare piano slowly picking its way round the clink of cutlery and the counting out of change. This segues into John Taylor’s Month Away, which ponders the sorry lot of a sailor, "With shattered boyhood dreams / And not much sleep," and it’s rendered beautifully, strummed guitar and droning accordion slowly subsumed beneath watery ambience.

Aging, and its effects, is a common theme here: Bats in the Attic sees Anderson contemplating his greying temples over sparse drum pads and piano, while Running on Fumes finds him asking "So why do we bother with all this fighting / Especially at our age?" as Hopkins’ choral synths call a troubled note. You sense, though, that Anderson is the sort to sing a sad song to make himself feel better, and it all concludes with the serene Your Young Voice, which fits a familiar King Creosote mould: a paean to his daughter, sung tenderly and gently, to fade.

--Louis Pattison

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ambient folk 28 Mar 2011
By Big Jim TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is one of those albums where the cover picture kind of gives the game away. Redolent of the small fishing villages on the East Neuk of Fife this album represents the sort of music you might hear a couple of guys playing in the corner, playing for themselves as much as anyone else, but knowing that the beauty in the songs has captured everyone's attention. Hopkins' lush electronic ambience and keyboards backs up Kenny "King Creosote" Anderson's crystal clear vocals - his voice has never sounded better by the way. With no more than some gentle strumming and accordian work on top of that, this is a minimalist, almost sombre album that somehow lights up your day as the ethereal beauty shines through. I am given to understand that there are reasons for it being quite a short album (in today's terms at least) but as they say, you should leave them wanting more which is certainly the case here. So hit the "repeat" button and enjoy again
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shimmering 2 April 2011
By Arthur Dooley VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
What a gorgeous piece of music. I've been a long time devotee of King Creosote and The Fence Collective and was a wee bit disappointed by Kenny (KC's) last album Flick the V's. Alas...haven't heard the Burns Unit offering yet. This album which I downloaded this morning has been on constant play. It made an instant impression on me which is unusual. Kenny's languid vocals perfectly complimenting the instrumentals of Jon Hopkins. It's a dreamy,melodic and totally mellow.As another reviewer suggests,A perfect chill out album to soundtrack a weekend evening.It was great to see the album featured on the frontpage of The Guardian recently. Both musicians deserve far wider recognition but such is the dumbing down of UK culture this century that it's highly unlikely that either will ever achieve this.Ahh well...the wider public's loss is the Fence devotees gain!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More great work from Kenny Anderson 7 Oct 2011
By Chris G
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In a year that didn't see the release of a true, all-time classic album in the shape of PJ Harvey's "Let England Shake" this would have been a real contender for album of the year. An unlikely collaboration between electronica composer John Hopkins and Fife's finest; Kenny Anderson, known as King Creosote produces magical, touching and beautiful results that yields more and more of its charms with repeated listening. Lyrically the album explores the lives of fishermen on the unforgiving Fife coast, exploring the relationship between the land and the ocean and the difficulties of a life spent exploiting the sea.

Musically the album achieves a seamless link between Anderson's unashamedly lo fi instrumentation (he is a master accordion player and competent acoustic guitarist) and the atmospheres and soundscapes created by Hopkins. We start with a beautifully realised soundscape combining snippets of conversation with a building electronic atmosphere that segues wonderfully into the gorgeous "John Taylor's Month Away". Put on the headphones and listen to seagulls, waves rolling against a rocky shore all of them taking on musical qualities against Anderson's beautifully recorded strumming.

By some distance the finest quality of this tremendous album however is Anderson's vocal performance. Rarely have I found male vocals as beautiful and affecting as Anderson's and on this album you will find many of his finest recorded moments. On the hearbreakingly lovely "Bats in the Attic" Anderson's vocals set against understated piano chords, some subtle drums and reverb which perfectly holds everything together the vocals soar and intertwine with beautiful harmonies in a way that few could master. An album then of beautiful components, bound together by wonderful songwriting and arrangements that still manages to surpass the sum of its parts. A rare occurrence indeed and one to be treasured. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreamy 4 July 2011
Format:Audio CD
Does the term "Ambient folk music" exist? That's how I would describe the dreamy collaberation between Kenny Anderson & Jon Hopkins. Have never heard anything like it. The blend of Kenny's soft Scottish voice & Jon's clever augmentations is the stuff of dreams, music to lose yourself in.Bought the CD after hearing one track on BBC6 Music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars scottish folk ambient electronica 14 Aug 2011
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First heard of this after downloading the Amazon Domino Sampler,& what a great album it is !! Imagine yourself in some remote Scottish fishing village, having a dram (or two) of a fine single malt, in a world without stress where time stands still, thats how good life is for the 34 minutes this album lasts. A great discovery I'm so glad I didn't miss out on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Song craft 16 Jun 2011
Format:Audio CD
I have listened to this album countless times since buying it and it still has the same impact now as it did when I first heard it. Quite simply, if you value song craft above all else then please buy this album - this will stand the test of time like all good well crafted music does. Thank you to all involved in the making of this album - it's a privilege to own such an album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a lovely album 5 Sep 2011
Format:Audio CD
I purchased this album on the back of the Mercury nomination. The reviews on here really are bang on, this is a lovely calming reflective album. It is so well produced and you can tell it has taken a long time to get this album exactly right. The review stating that you should enjoy with a glass of wine is very true.

Take some "you time", turn the phone off and enjoy this masterpiece
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5.0 out of 5 stars A little piece of listening heaven 10 July 2012
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I found King Creosote and Jon Hopkins relatively late in life, but what a joy!

Each track is very different - with minimal production - the collection has the intimacy of the acoustic with the benefit of Jon Hopkins' layers of electronic chords and melodies. The beautiful female harmonies meld and match his voice perfectly.

It is not unusual for a singer songwriter to be both poet and musician, however, Kenny Anderson is a rarity in that he is also an alchemist who constantly produces gold. Less is definitely more on this work of art.

The two tracks that continue to resonate within me are `John Taylor's Month Away' and `Running on Fumes'. But the sequencing of the tracks has been brought together with knowledge and wisdom. Brilliant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful album which unwinds at a consistent steady pace throughout
A little gem. A wonderful album which unwinds at a consistent steady pace throughout. Brilliant song writing and beautiful tunes. Read more
Published 16 days ago by M. Dixon
5.0 out of 5 stars I was given a rip off copy over two years ago, but in al conscience I...
Hard to categorise this quite amazing piece of work. It has a haunting, otherworldly, dreamy quality. I have played it times without count & it has never palled. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael J. Law
4.0 out of 5 stars Diamond CD
My first King Creosote cd but will definitely be buying more,love his voice and his lyrical humor,can't wait to see him live
Published 10 months ago by paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Let it wash over you
There are a few too many people who would give a good review to King Creosote if he burped his way through 90 minutes of Vinyl. Read more
Published 13 months ago by tucholsky
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful album
Not a bad song on this album. One to listen to in the car in the deep dark of night. The songs take you all the way to Roome Bay beach and back.
Published 13 months ago by beedo
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
Easily the best album of 2012.
Haunting, deeply musical and always thought provoking.
My only complaint is that it is too short.
Published 16 months ago by Paul Cunningham
3.0 out of 5 stars quite enjoyable but a bit boring
quite enjoyable but a bit boring give it a go and i think you will enjoy it but after the first few weeks i bet you wont put it on again
Published 16 months ago by d proffitt
5.0 out of 5 stars A diamond
This is a beautiful cd - the music is relaxing, lyrics are great and the effect is electrifying - very cruisy
Published 17 months ago by denise sepulchre
5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't realise...
...this is just the tip of a recent (for me) iceberg of a brilliant artist. If you like this as I did, I strongly suggest looking up the rest of the stuff you can get by this... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Hitch22
5.0 out of 5 stars Less is more
I very rarely review anything on Amazon but this has moved me to do so.
This album is simply beautiful. There are only seven tracks but each one is a gem. Read more
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