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A wistful and mature work
on 9 April 2012
Like the other reviewer, I too found Seth's last album a tad lacklustre and I too have found 'Tales from the Barrel House' a return to form of sorts,although still coming up short when set against-for me anyway-Seth's best album-Freedom Fields.
There is a dark and sombre vibe going on here; reflected perhaps by the dark and moody image on the CD cover. Apparently TFTBH is a total one man band effort with Seth composing and playing every instrument. Not a problem perhaps for such a virtuoso musician but impressive in showing his total committment to the project.
Recorded at Morwellan Quay which TV viewers in the UK will recognize from the BBC2 series -Edwardian Farm. A 12 month televised experiment in living life as it was lived one hundred years ago in a community that was easier to access by boat from the sea than by land. Morwellan is on the beautiful River Tamar which seperates Devon-Seth's home county and perhaps the most English of counties- from the ancient Celtic region of Cornwall. That melancholic celtic air is reflected in the compositions. A slow burner which oozes quality with each listen.