8/10 Clinton Staff review, 08 November 2013
Damn, another bell is struck. I remember loving Dan Haywood’s New Hawks record of a couple of years back which I only didn’t fall in love with because weeks after the review when I got round to buying it I couldn’t remember who it was by. This is a less ambitious work, more content to potter about in the forest singing songs into a tape.
It was recorded in the Forest of Bowland which is an absolutely glorious underrated part of the country, the sense of glorious woodland is all over this CD. Imagine the sleeve to Jethro Tull’s ‘Songs From a Wood’, the album sounds something like that album looks. Carved out of nature, the songs are all organically made, Haywood’s Alastair Galbraith-like whine sits on top of woody guitar, the lyrics concern issues like having to get up from under an apple tree, seeing a trout in the brook. Issues that don’t generally affect us city folk.
It’s all performed with the background of the twittering of a squadron of birds for added atmosphere (all of which are credited on the sleeve - the PRS cheques should keep the RSPB going for a few years more) and it’s a lovely gentle lilting album. Perhaps missing some of the more madcap twists of Haywood’s previous work but listening to him sing and play, for a moment I am not in a brutalist office block.
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