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Safety In Movement

Richard Haswell Audio CD


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A cheap cover with some trees on it, "man and laptop" - to me this spelt morose, possibly rather tinny folk music. But Safety In Movement is a remarkable thing - a strange lo-fi tardis of an album whose nine subtle songs unroll from the speakers like a soundtrack to some bedsit kingdom. Arise is acoustic Pink Floyd; Loop & Lil is a druid-like meditation on three strings that makes you stop working and stare out the window. The thrill here is great songwriting with an appearance of effortlessness. Edinburgh-based Haswell has been working on it for 2 years and has apparently recorded 20 albums to date - under the names Rhubarb and G For Gnome. --The Word

Haswell has recorded over 20 albums under the guise of G For Gnome and Rhubarb, but his newest venture falls under the far less silly moniker of his own name, and was tellingly two and a half years in the making. It sounds like it too. Haswell has a real DIY ethic to his music production, laying down the whole thing at home via laptap using just acoustic guitar, keyboards and drum programs, with some added bass, mandolin and effects from guests. The sparse folk-hued opener Magnetic North is something of a curveball as it resembles little else at all on the record; as for the remainder of Safety In Movement Haswell comes on like a bedroom Radiohead, with traces also of other Caledonian pop-rock stalwarts thrown in amongst the walls of orchestrated noise and ambience. Haswell shows himself to be an inspired arranger and sonic visionary throughout these nine DIY voyages into sound. The likes of Dream Hill and The Rings of Saturn sport an insistent drive and have definite traces of Radiohead s skittering electronic aesthetics, experimentation, and impressive shards of noise nailed to it s tail end. Cause and Effect has Indie hit writ large all over it, what with its walls of electronics, rock anthemics and subtle guitar lines. Haswell s usual dour vocals get raised on the chorus, and could be the album s best rock song, though hints that his well written and realised songs could benefit from a more accomplished or expressive vocalist to present them. Post-Goldrush Blues is the set s most charming song. A real homemade paean with it s archaic sounding drum machine clicking away, while Haswell charts the demise of a local record shop (Perth s Goldrush Records, whose memory the album is also dedicated to) and the profound effect the contents of the shop had on local s lives. Alt-Country aficionados wont be able to help but smile at his suggestion that you Ditch those Beatles records and buy some Neil Young, then invest in a vinyl copy of Old Number 1 alongside its derision at hard drives, MP3s and modern day consumerist music culture. No doubt Haswell is perfectly happy in his homemade DIY music capsule thank you very much, and good for him. He has very interesting songs, clearly has the ideas, and most of all the production talent and vision. However if he wants his work to get the attention it deserves he wouldn t do badly getting hired help in presenting it. --Americana UK

Richard Haswell has previously been known as Rhubarb and G for Gnome . For his latest album, however, he has ditched the monikers and is using his real name. This move reflects the overall feel of the album. It is accomplished and grown-up, and his twenty self-released album experience shines through. The album starts slowly. The first track, Magnetic North, is sparse and quiet, and it feels a bit like you re sitting in his living room, listening to him playing his new song there s a sense of trepidation, as though he s concerned you re not going to like it. As the short song continues, though, his confidence seems to build. Which is good news, because the second song has guts. A solid drum loop propels the song forward, and Haswell plays a repetitive, Stereophonics-esque melody. What really stands out in this track though is the e-bowed lead guitar, which clashes beautifully with the rest of the instruments. By track three though, Haswell is beginning to show off his true colours. There s a sense of despondency across the album, a post-apocalyptic sort of feel, particularly in Loop & Lil, track five, which would not have sounded out of place halfway through a God­speed You! Black Emperor track. A few seconds after it finishes though, Haswell launches into a more melodic, slightly more upbeat number, and that e-bowed lead guitar is back again. as the album starts to wind down in the final few tracks. Ditch those Beatles records, and buy some Neil Young , advises Haswell in Post Goldrush Blues, a song lamenting the death of music. I doubt anyone s going to be singing ditch those Neil Young records, and buy some Richard Haswell in twenty years time, partly because it s two syllables too long, but if you were to walk past my house on a quiet, rainy evening, twenty years from now, you might hear Magnetic North, not Southern Man, drifting out from my CD player. --Joe's Big Toe Fanzine

About the Artist

Richard Haswell has previously recorded under the pseudonyms of Rhubarb and G for Gnome - he has already self-released 20 albums and to date, the latest being the widely-acclaimed Rhubarb albums The Julius Work Calendar in 2007 and If I Could Only Make It Through January in 2008 as well as a 2xCd Rhubarb Anthology in 2009.

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