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- I See Three Birds Flying by Adrian Crowley
9/10 Phil Staff review, 13 September 2012
It’s sometimes very difficult playing anything in this office unless it’s upbeat or party music. Mainly cos it’s difficult working to the likes of Merzbow or Prurient which I agree is tricky! This album falls into that category. Not cos it’s mental or anything... but because it’s kinda depressing.
I’ve been a fan of Adrian Crowley ever since I first heard of him thanks to Misplaced Music who picked up on his Gaelic wonder talents many moons ago. I don’t think he’s made a bad record yet? Correct me if I’m wrong! His records don’t really vary that much in style. It’s him singing delicate and depressing stripped down songs with his man voice which is instantly recognisable and ace. He’s a fantastic songwriter and his songs are sung beautifully but they are a little sombre and depressing... The kind of depressing you’d get from a Leonard Cohen album for example. Not the kinda depressing you get from watching a documentary about suicide victims for 24 hours.
On this album he’s assisted by Geese who are a London based experimental string duo and it’s recorded by some fella called Steven Street... never heard of him. Together they flesh the sound out so this album is a little less stripped back and bare sounding than some of his other albums. Anyway there’s some diamond tunes on ‘I See Three Birds Flying’ and you’ll struggle to find a more evocative, fragile sounding and heartfelt artist such as Adrian Crowley. It’s as good as any other album he’s done and if you’ve never checked him out before I implore you to pick up something by him if you’re into mardy singer songwriter gear cos he’s the biz.
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