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5.0 out of 5 stars As walm, organic & wholesome as a fresh baked crusty bap., 29 Mar 2002
This review is from: Skipper (Audio CD)
You know when you put on a favourite record, and listen to it in a contemplative mood while brading your hair and supping some milky tea? And whilst in this said mood, think about all the folk missing out on its quiet, unique charms due to its pretty obscure nature? Yes? Hey, me too!
This album is an accessible treat for anyone who likes an odd, melodic,instrumental folk-tinted taste of off-kilter ambient music. And who doesn't?
Imagine, if you will, a beautifully crafted and well simmered gumbo, whose primary ingredients include the wonderful sound of the Harmonium, ample string sections heavy on the cello and viola, and well plucked acoustic guitar. These have been lovingly crafted and combined with enviromental noises, oddly-named instruments (Sootyphone? Halliards?) and the lovely pop and crackle of old records and radios to make something of great warmth, evocation, and allround lovelyness.
Some tracks swoon along in a mild etherial haze, accompanied by a half-sung melody coming from the room next door, and some are as jaunty as a clogdancing field mouse, slightly tipsy from sipping to much scrumpy.
The production on this record is impressive in its understatement, and subtle in its handling of different sound elements. When, on one of the more uptempo numbers a swarm of bees swim from speaker to speaker, it complements and combines with the instruments to give great character and gusto, without over-egging the pudding in the slightest.
If your partial to...oh, lets say Piano Magic, Nick Drake, that Vincent gallo album, Dead can Dance or the Ultramarine record United Kingdoms, and if you enjoy the evocation of atmosphere that Brian Eno or Thomas Koner excell in conjuring up, then this record could be a worthwhile investment. In summing up, I would say if your after an ambient-type sound thats lovely, original and lucid, and you like the image of... (wait for it) an acoustic non-spooky fsol (circa ISDN) jamming with the organmice from Bagpuss in a billowing sunbaked cornfield, (Hey! come back!) then i'd certainly doff my cap in this albums direction.
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