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- TYPE093 / Ltd LP on Type (AKA Richard Skelton + and Autumn Richardson) **LAST COUPLE!**
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At the Six Organs of Admittance show last night, Phil looked across at the audience and every single man had a beard. I'm not sure what that says about the music, or beards or the people who wear them or if it has anything to do with this review. This is a collaboration between Richard Skelton (bearded) and Autumn Richardson (presumably not bearded). It's basically string drones overlaid with vocals. The string drones are beautiful and evocative. The vocals I'm less sure about. She has a beautiful voice, that's a fact, but I find the warbling tone a bit busy for the simple minimal arrangements. You just have to be so careful with vocal arrangements on such tracks - less is more is usually the mantra and as the track progresses there are lovely cymbal bowing and further strings creating a glorious atmosphere. The vocals become less prominent but to me they should be used even less or buried further in the mix, instead they sit on top and it just doesn't feel right to me and becomes very wearing indeed. A flip over of the record seemingly sees the same track continuing ad nauseam to the point that I've had to move the stylus on to the final two tracks which are much more quiet and subdued. What this record seems to be doing over its five tracks is that the first and fourth and fifth seem to be the distant beginnings and ends whilst the second 'Rise' and the third 'Decline' are the record's centrepiece. The closer 'Return' is probably the best thing on here beginning with beautiful violin drones layered up to shimmering effect. The vocals, though still with operatic tendencies, are more subtle and fit in beautifully with the strings. A wonderful closer which has pretty much saved the record for me. Originally released in a limited CDr version of 200 this is a limited repress in a sleeve with a pretty view of a Lake District hill and the record is dedicated to the landscape, flora and fauna of Ulpha in Cumbria and Jay Z.
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