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This lovely record is somewhat hard to pigeonhole. At its heart is the folk songwriting tradition, and the casually melodic vocal delivery of Seamus Cater is central to this eerily nostalgic collection. The minimal accompaniments conjured by himself and Viljam Nybacka are much more skeletal and experimental, too, offering little more than a framework on which the bold vocal melodies can hang. Cater's voice is unforced but always bang on the notes, allowing the music itself to carry the emotional weight and resonance of the piece, and his faith is rewarded in spades. There's elements of traditional folk, minimal composition, even a touch of plainsong in places, and the pacing is always carefully controlled. This is music stripped down to its very core components and then reconstructed with all but the most essential parts removed. Phil's being reminded of Jose Gonzales, while to me it's kind of sounding like Hood if you removed all their electronic parts and replaced them with silence. Also of note is that many of these songs are lovingly crafted biographical portraits of other artists, so if you're an admirer of Alexis Lapointe, LS Lowry, Ewan MacColl, Eadweard Muybridge, Bas Jan Ader or Sergei Prokofiev then this could hold extra interest to you in that respect too. Me? I just think the songs are nice.
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