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Gyllyng Street


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  • Audio CD (19 Jan 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fatcat Records
  • ASIN: B000TQZ7OE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180,200 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Boats
2. King Friday
3. The Ballad Of Century Paul
4. West Coast Profiling
5. Alex Drifing Alone
6. Fires P.G.R.
7. A Sketch For Maenporth

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By russell clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Sep 2007
Format: Audio CD
There are times when hearing a new band for the first time they remind so much of someone else that you have to check to see that it isn't them under a pseudonym or a new band featuring former members. Anyway on hearing Songs Of Green Pheasant for the first time and most noticeably opening track "Boats" I did the check but it turns out Songs Of Green Pheasant is ostensibly the work of one man -Duncan Sumpner ,a 32 year old artist and teacher from Sheffield ,and that Gyllyng Street is actually his third album. Which is amazing because much of this album and "Boats" especially sound so much like early nineties indie darlings Bark Psychosis it is truly uncanny.
Now before anyone gets the erroneous impression I am implying that Duncan Sampler is guilty of copying or plagiarising Bark Psychosis I must make it clear that isn't the case. I do not know if the man has even heard of Bark Psychosis let alone anything by them .The crystalline guitars of "Boats" though recall "Manman" or "A Street Scene" better than anything I have heard since . This is a big compliment just to wrap that point up.
Sumpner has created a music on 4 track and 8 track machines that invokes a widescreen sense of awe but maintains a delicacy and empathic sense of space . His vocals , sparsely used ,are tremulous and slightly hesitant but suit's the music's elusive ambience. "West Coast Profiling" is obstreperous by this albums standards with jarring (relatively) outbursts of vivid piano and those gemstone guitars. Best of all is "Alex Drifting Alone" which adds a truly plaintive trumpet( courtesy of Clive Scott) and reminds me of nothing less than the magnificent Blue Nile of "Walk Across The Rooftops" era. That is a very big compliment.
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One of my favorite records 16 Nov 2012
By Richard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The homespun sound quality is as much a part of the songs as the beautiful instrumentation and the thoughtful lyrics. If you aren't drawn in by Gyllyng Street (his most precisely arranged and performed record), you're not likely to get much out of this artist. But if it appeals, his whole catalog is fantastic. Fans of Joe Boyd-produced 60s English folk or early Pink Floyd shall revel in the Songs of Green Pheasant.
Near-Perfect Subdued Lo-fi Indie Ambient Shoegaze 23 Jan 2012
By Michael R. Ames - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I completely disagree with the other review here, and that's what made me realize I had to give my own view. Though I have recently picked up the LP following this one, "Soft Wounds", which I DO like and expect will eventually win me over, it is this album, "Gyllyng Street" that I will be coming back to. It's subdued vocal - musical delivery is a lo-fi combination of indie pop, shoegaze, and ambient textures, that blend seamlessly into a near-perfect, cohesive, listening experience. I feel you would be missing out if you passed it up based on the negative review. It wasn't recorded on a state-of-the-art system, but much like another great album I've come to enjoy, "Swing From The Branches" by Foxes In Fiction, sometimes the lo-fi quality almost adds something a higher level of recording equipment may have taken away. And I think what it is is the intimate, personal, and spontaneous recordings. They hold a little magic in them where it might've been lost and felt forced if held onto long enough to record elsewhere and in a situation with too many cooks-in-the-kitchen. One of the vocal albums I like to listen to when the night is winding down towards my usual ambient late-night listenings.
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Decent Music ***RECORDING HORRIBLE*** 9 Oct 2009
By Rob Lew - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The first I heard from this band was "West Coast Profiling", while listening to [...]. It sounded interesting and I thought the rest of the album would be similar. I guess it was (however slightly less appealing than when I first heard it), but after listening to it on my high quality system I was very disappointed with the horrible sound quality. Turns out that it was recorded on a 4-track tape player, then recorded onto a cd. I wouldn't recommend it for anyone who cares about sound quality. Another mistake of a purchase. Either way, you live and you learn...
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