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Now this album is a bloody treasure. Ed is a cult folk icon, a gay hippy outsider from back in the day whose descent into obscurity never dimmed his penchant for penning raw, heartfelt & lilting chunks of dream-like melancholia. He really does rip at your heartstrings with his "Leonard Cohen meets Daniel Johnston at Jonathan Richman's house" vocal style and beautifully naive harpsichord playin ...

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9/10 Brian Staff review, 10 March 2011

Now this album is a bloody treasure. Ed is a cult folk icon, a gay hippy outsider from back in the day whose descent into obscurity never dimmed his penchant for penning raw, heartfelt & lilting chunks of dream-like melancholia. He really does rip at your heartstrings with his "Leonard Cohen meets Daniel Johnston at Jonathan Richman's house" vocal style and beautifully naive harpsichord playing! The tunes have that lullaby quality in parts. He also sounds like he's playing to two disinterested couples in an almost empty dive at the end of the universe. His songs are warm, humorous, love-lorn, poetic & charming as hell. Also, due to the fact these are dusty home-recorded songs from the 80s, committed casually to 2 track tape, their lo-fi hiss adds another fascinating dimension to proceedings. You feel like you've stumbled on a magical relic even though on 'House of Embers' he kind of resembles an eccentric uncle attempting to re-create a Dylan-esque musical dimension on rustic acoustic & harmonica . I'm just as moved & exhilarated by this album as I am the similarly mystical UFO by Jim Sullivan - an altogether different collection of immaculate outsider folk wonderment.


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