9/10 Brett Staff review, 01 July 2010
What we have here is a fine collection of intimate, folky lullabies from this Leeds-based project. For the most part we're in pure acoustic guitar territory but there are occasional flourishes from other instrumentation and low-key rhythms do rear their heads, contributing heavily to the predominantly waltz-like air of the album.. Apparently three-quarters of the tracks are in 3/4 time so that slightly lolloping feel shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. The songs are clearly of an excellent quality as they're already beginning to sound warmly familiar to me on this second listen and I'm a definite fan of the general 'northernness' of it all.. For the most part it's a hard thing to really put your finger on but the spoken word track that closes things makes it totally overt as it talks us through the normal actions of a normal man on a normal day; made up of melancholy, slight resignation and just a little bit of hope (all over a backing track of piano which sounds as though it's going to break into 'Silent Night' at any moment). As for comparisons, there's something about his voice which reminds me a little of Matt Elliott and Phil reckons fans of bands like The Montgolfier Brothers will want to check it out but pretty much anyone with an appreciation for quality songs will be in safe hands.
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