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Ooh, a new Mark Tranmer LP! The older folks amongst you may remember him from Gnac and The Montgolfier Brothers from the late ‘90s who were popular back in the day (and still should be now!). This is his first album recorded as Mark Tranmer in eight years so it’s been a while coming and it’s a rare vinyl LP outing! It also comes with the CD for you digital bods.
It’s a thing of beauty. Artwork designed by someone used to work at 4AD, lovely clear vinyl and musically it’s sound. He’s assisted by Alessandra Celletti on piano on this album and together they make some wonderful cinematic soundscapes. It’s on the more sombre tip and I can’t but help think of the likes of Yann Tiersen at times. It’s heartfelt stuff which should bring a tear to your ear!
There’s an air of romance about it and I’m sure this would melt even the most cynical heart. It’s primarily guitar and piano with the occasional drum machine. All are played delicately and the arrangements are beautiful. There’s occasional sniffings of post rock and towards the end of the album it develops into a more Eno-esque ambient affair. It’s one of those ‘journey’ albums that makes you feel like you’ve, err...been on a journey. Lovely!
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