With modest means Poppy Ackroyd has created a most delightful album.
'Escapement' deploys piano, violin and subtle electronics to realise
her muse; seven magical instrumental compositions which, with their
gentle ebb and flow, deliver a rich tapestry of captivating sound.
Ms Ackroyd's classical musical training has served her well. Although
clearly contemporary in nature the music bears traces of her love of
the great Renaissance composers and the English folk heritage in its
sparkling melodic content and beguilingly structured arrangements.
Although dynamic flow and thematic variation are often minimal in nature
the music has an organic quality which is both affecting and hypnotic.
The gentle pizzicato pulse, limpid keyboard chords and keening violin part
of 'Rain' seems to doff its hat to the sound worlds of Vivaldi and Coreli;
'Glass Sea' is a beautiful invention with wave upon wave of graceful piano
arpeggios breaking on a distant shore and final track 'Mechanism', with its
musical box character and subtle rhythmic drive, brings the album to a idyllic
conclusion. Ms Ackroyd is to be much congratulated for her benevolent vision.