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I live near train tracks, and if a) I left the window open all night and b) the woman opposite (opposite!) would switch off her television for a bloody minute, I would hear distant rumbling sounds not unlike what can be heard on this long player. I love the sound of distant trains. The first few times I heard the freight train come past I leapt into the street and rejoiced to the sound. The ...

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The Inescapable Fox by Steven Hess + Christopher McFall
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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 07 October 2011

I live near train tracks, and if a) I left the window open all night and b) the woman opposite (opposite!) would switch off her television for a bloody minute, I would hear distant rumbling sounds not unlike what can be heard on this long player. I love the sound of distant trains. The first few times I heard the freight train come past I leapt into the street and rejoiced to the sound. The album starts off though with melancholic rolling piano chords, the most musical part of the entire album. Its utterly beautiful. Then the clattering starts  - its hugely evocative , initially sounding like a key being turned to start a particularly squeaky engine. Later you get the sound of metal scraping on metal, turning into some kind of ghostly chorus, melodies can be picked out the maelstrom. These are the kind of sounds I imagine the forges in Sheffield made late at night in the height of the steel industry.  Hissing, whirring, banging, scraping. Ghostly and terrifying the album creates tones and mood all its own.


Erling said:

It's a real pleasure reading your reviews Clinton - evocative and funny.


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