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Upcetera

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  • Audio CD
  • Label: NIAG records
  • ASIN: B01LAMK0T2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Multiple award winning folk singer, guitarist and producer Jim Moray returns with Upcetera, his first solo album in four years. Featuring ten ballads (or simply story songs) it heralds a new chapter for of of English folk's most creative figures. Some of these songs, such as opening track Fair Margaret And Sweet William, first noted in 1411, are hundreds of years old. Others, like the self-penned Sounds Of Earth, written about the gold record curated by Carl Sagan and placed on the Voyager spacecraft, are brand new.

Upcetera places the narrative element of these songs centre stage, with Jim's supple soaring vocal leading the listener by the hand through ancient and modern tales. Drawing influence from the systems music of composers like Nyman and Reich, Upcetera features dramatically orchestrated Child ballads reimagined as torch songs or a kind of English Fado. Jim's spellbinding version of the traditional schooner shanty The Flying Cloud is a collaboration with Viola Da Gamba player Liam Byrne, who's worked with Damon Albarn, Valgeir Sigurðsson and Nico Muhly. While most of the instrumentation was performed by Moray himself the album also features contributions from Dave Smith (Robert Plant, JuJu) on drums, Chris Hillman (Billy Bragg) on pedal steel guitar, Matt Downer on double bass, Jess Morgan on vocals and Jo Silverston and Anna Jenkins (The Unthanks, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker) on cello and violin.

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I first saw Jim Moray when he released his original stunning debut album Sweet England back in 2003, when his pioneering use of programming embellishing live traditional folk song performances was a real innovative breath of fresh air. I have not kept up with his recorded output since then, but when this latest album Upcetera came 3rd in fRoots magazine Critics Poll albums of 2016, and I had read several favourable reviews elsewhere, I decided to belatedly get his new album.
Jim's voice is clear and strong at the centre of things, you can make out every word and he grabs and holds your attention with his narratives. The production is quite elaborate, with 17 other musicians listed in addition to Jim, including a string ensemble of Cellos, Violins and Viola , Trumpet, Clarinet, Oboe, Double Bass, English Bagpipes , Drums , Pedal Steel and Slide Guitar and harmony vocals, making for a rich and varied mix across the album . There are 2 original new compositions by Jim, The Straight Line and the Curve, and Sounds of Earth. The latter is an account of the sounds put on the Voyager satellite recording sent out beyond our solar system to outer space for other life to maybe discover sometime in the future. These are both outstanding contributions, for me highlights, Jim should write and record more original songs if they are of this high calibre. .
The rest of the tracks are a variety of traditional songs arranged in Jim's unique way, with source material acknowledged, 3 from the Child ballads, and 5 from the Roud. It is all beautifully executed , Another Man's Wedding, a tale of someone marrying the wrong partner and having to hide his remorse forever more is another favourite memorable track. There is not a weak track, it is all captivating and fascinating material.
Overall a fantastic new album full of atmosphere, with great attention to detail, highly recommended, very well done Jim .
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One of the finest folk (with a twist) albums I've heard for years! All songs, from which many I knew, had undergone a remake that added a lot of extra dimension to the "standard" versions by other folk singers. Check it out for yourself....
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Jim Moray always delivers. Fantastic tunes from a very talented musician. If you like Folk you just cannot go wrong with this. A relentless live performer always worth seeing. Top album.
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A great introduction to Jim Moray ... I'll have to work through his back catalogue now!
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Jim lives up to expectations by pushing the boundaries yet again, superb.
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this is Another brilliant album from Jim Moray and the best I have heard him so far ...beautiful arrangements with violin and cello and a bit of guitar and drums etc and great and classy folk based ballads ...best of all is his superb vocals and superb production ...I hope people listen and Buy this album ....its MAGIC
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So there I was, driving to work at 4am on a Saturday morning, listening to Huey Morgan on Radio 2. Huey plays a very eclectic selection of good music and it's a shame he is on at such an ungodly hour! I find my self listening to this really rather atmospheric, slightly haunting song about the 'sounds of earth'. Having missed Huey's introduction I had no idea who or what I had just been listening to. Thankfully, the BBC provide track .listings for their shows so I quickly found Jim Moray's name and started my quest to find out more.
Jim's sound and style is quite a revelation and poles apart from the stereotype 'finger in the ear' traditional folk music you may be familiar with. This album is a collection of finely crafted (an over used cliche but not in this case!) songs - starting with 'Fair Margaret & Sweet William' which has a driving rhythm to it as it builds up from the very first bar. Without detailing each song, there are some stand out tracks such as the haunting (and true story) 'Sounds of Earth' and the dramatic arrangement of 'Another Man's Wedding', the backing of which almost drowns out Jim's vocal track but on repeated listening you realise it all adds to the intensity of the story. As you get familiar with the songs and the tales they tell, you will begin to feel like you are getting to know the characters themselves. The video of 'Sounds of Earth' is available on Jim's website and Youtube and is well worth checking out.
There isn't a duff track on this album and I would urge you not to listen to the samplers on Amazon (which don't do justice to this incredible recording) but just buy it - I promise you that you will not be disappointed! Full credit too, to all the musicians involved in this album.
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