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Sufferers from aulophobia need to be aware that there is a lot of flute work in the opening tracks to this album. Likewise if you also have fear of accordions and carefully plucked acoustic guitars, I’d stand well clear. The album is a series of complex instrumental pieces which waver in and out of focus. Directorsound is the project of Bristol-based Nick Palmer who also doubles as an A Lord. The music he produces has a Balkan air to it especially on ‘Serpent in the Jaws of October’, which features all manner of ethnicky sounding instruments and is not a million miles away from the solo works of fellow (former) Bristolian Matt Elliott.
I’m never quite sure about such cultural tourism being so evident in the music of English musicians and so I’m happier with the simpler gently plucked classical guitars of the title track. The album is far too complex to delve into in detail but it is certain to appeal to fans of the later A Hawk and a Hacksaw records. As always with Second Language, the packaging is beyond gorgeous, it’s a big beautiful gatefold card sleeve in full colour.
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