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- Talisman by Immigrant
Wow, it's the return of gentle acoustic pop music, the new wave of post-urban folk, what do you call this in today's over-saturated music market? Whatever, it is incredibly intimate and pure stuff from the gentle soul of a Glaswegian who's been treading the boards (quietly) for many years. This is his eleventh album. Fucking hell he's been busy! He's had releases out on Fence and the Chaffinch label, both safe-havens for the most revered DIY Scots folksters. This guy's no troubadour with a battered acoustic, his tunes are laced with a very homely, dreamy essence; whimsical and warm, tinged with genuine modesty and a wordly, questioning nature all played out in delicate welcoming cycles, the songs always displaying a thoroughly heartfelt outlook. You feel like you're laid on the floor entrapped in the soul of his faithful shaggy dog companion. It's hard to pick out a particular song that has the most impact but I'm somewhat drawn to 'Fear of Drowning' which features a warm shimmering organ and discreet xylophone. Ten lovely tracks for a fiver, that's just the ticket, someone give this Immigrant a passport, he more than deserves it.
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