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  • Audio CD (10 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Navigator Records
  • ASIN: B002M2N9ZM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,382 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Inge's first solo venture, Shipwrecks & Static, is an eccentric marriage between melodic instruments and the bleeps and squeaks of electronic tomfoolery. Inge wrote, recorded and produced the bulk of the album and is joined here by the angelic voice of Heidi Talbot, the edgy guitars of Brighton based Tom Cook and a cameo appearance of Martin Green of award winning diddle-superstars Lau.

BBC Review

If geography and environment can shape music then it's certainly had a profound effect on this striking and sometimes startling album. Inge Thomson is from Fair Isle–a small, remote island halfway between Shetland and Orkney–and its sense of wildness and isolation is seemingly the defining influence on Thomson's highly individual and occasionally eccentric approach as a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

Perhaps best-known previously for her accordion work with the Karine Polwart Band, Thomson's intimately innovative style has also evolved via disparate spells with folk-pop group Drop the Box, the rampaging band Harem Scarem and an intriguing collaboration with Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, but this debut solo album still sounds totally off the wall, fitting no conventional criteria of genre.

Ablaze with oddity and starkness, it pays plenty of homage to her own rich pedigree in traditional music, interspersed with electronic glitches redolent of the Four Tet school of folktronica, which give it a boundary-defying intensity. It has a sense of mystery, eeriness and adventure emphasised by the darkly atmospheric Scoundrel Clouds, undercut with a haunting kaleidoscope of voices recorded in an ancient monastery carved into a mountain in Armenia.

Such unselfconscious fearlessness gives the album a rare edge. Her husband Martin Green (of Lau) adds electric piano and effective programming and there are additional contributions from guitarist Tom Cook and singer Heidi Talbot to add further texture to Thomson's own breathy vocals and wonderfully bizarre narratives, like the Björk-esque Girl With the Swan's Head, the desolate Marie Celeste, the beautifully bleak Norseman's Bride and the spiky Where Do I Sign?

Disquieting hymn-like backdrops and evocative seascapes reflect the overriding spirit but there's mischief and fun, too, both in Thomson's warmly impudent accordion and the subtle minimalism of the arrangements. A plinking banjo suddenly pops up in Cycle, an infectious clippety-clop rhythm invades John and there's a telling duet with Rory Campbell on the gorgeous love song How Far.

Despite all the bleeping weirdness and the slightly deranged moods it summons, this is still at heart an album of real songs with real emotions for real people. That in itself is something of a rarity. --Colin Irwin

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By Drystonepete on 9 April 2011
Format: Audio CD
It takes a few listens, and the accompaniment can only be described as quirky, but there are some great tracks here and a good balance of mood: for example, the desperation of 'Where Do I Sign?'counterbalanced by the playfulness of 'Scoundrel Clouds'... I'll never be able to look at clouds in quite the same way again. For a first album, this is a little gem.
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If you like early Incredible String Band (especially Licorice and Rose) and you like Pink Floyd or Radio Head, then you may like this. I certainly did. It's original, poetic and exquisite on the ear.
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By Neil Shaw on 21 July 2010
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Really enjoyed this album which has become one of my favourite of the year to date.
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By Carol Price on 14 Oct. 2014
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Amazing gentle music
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Kushar on 26 Feb. 2010
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Left to her own devices Inge Thomson makes effortlessly vibrant music. Maybe not as `out there' as hubby's `The Martin Green Machine' it's still a distant cousin with all manner of electronica finding elbow room amongst the accordion-heavy brew. For Inge the themes lie in 'love, loss, and a touch of sea-soaked madness' which are neatly realized: 'Marie Celeste' dwells on the emptiness of a soured relationship and the watery fate of a 'Norseman's Bride' is full of foreboding finesse.
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