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This is the third (I think) album by Asa Irons and is in the style of lonesome dark folk that was so in evidence a couple of years ago but has slightly disappeared from the public eye of late. I reminds me a lot of some Songs: Ohia records such as ‘Didn’t It Rain’ with its slowly unfurling melodies and effective female vocals. Its more of a folkier record though with less of the ...

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Knife Gift Debt by Asa Irons
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7/10 Clinton Staff review, 26 July 2013

This is the third (I think) album by Asa Irons and is in the style of lonesome dark folk that was so in evidence a couple of years ago but has slightly disappeared from the public eye of late. I reminds me a lot of some Songs: Ohia records such as ‘Didn’t It Rain’ with its slowly unfurling melodies and effective female vocals. Its more of a folkier record though with less of the Neil Young soulful thing and much more in tune with the backwoods storytelling approach of the likes of Micah Blue Smaldone, and even Alasdair Roberts.

I don’t have the tracklist to hand but there is a real stand out on a song which I think is called ‘Happily We Go’; it’s a beautifully put together slice of front porch folk that culminates in a gorgeous singalong chorus, the female backing vocals are particularly effective. The vocals particularly put me in mind of Richard Thompson, especially on the resolutely melancholy ‘Go Light’, the arrangements are nice and simple with just sparse instrumentation joining the acoustic guitar and vocals, a wandering violin here, a tinkling dulcimer there. Bleak but effective folk-noir for terrifying late night storytelling around the dying embers of a fire.


9/10 Martin T.H.Andersen Customer review, 27th January 2014

Asa Irons is difficult to describe, but "Knife Gift Debt" has a real nice 60s vibe to it - especially when compared to Asa Irons & Swaan Millers album on Important Records which is way more folk orientated. On Knife Gift Debt Asa Irons has a full band and this changes the expression alot and furthermore adds a lot of dynamics to the music. There are a swampy bass lines and tamburines, chorouses that you can sing a long to, and it fits Asa's music perfectly. You'll find an overall good vibe in this album, so buy it, ok?


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