I fell just a little bit in love with Grasscut's 2010 debut
'1 Inch / 1/2 Mile' and see no reason that the affair should
not continue with their new release 'Unearth'. Andrew Phillips
and Marcus O'Dair are intelligent musicians whose distinctive
sound world has gained in depth and complexity without losing or
compromising any of the freshness captured in their earlier work.
There are ten numbers in the collection which although largely
melancholy in character also have the power to lift our spirits.
The integration of acoustic and electronic elements makes for a
rich and beguiling listening experience. Their use of repetition
and deftly managed sonic layers, both instrumentally and vocally,
engages both head and heart and is never less than intriguing.
Of the songs on offer the ebb and flow of 'Lights', with its
imaginative deployment of strings, percussion and warm harmonies,
is especially magical; the driving syncopated rhythms of 'Pieces',
too, raise more than a few goosebumps but it is the curiously
moving 'We Fold Ourselves', with its antique soprano vocal sample
juxtaposed with a dreamy real-time melody which seems to both
capture the essence of this talented duo's present whilst pointing
the way towards an as yet unrealised future. It is a lovely song.
I was left wanting more and you can't say better than that!