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- Wintersongs by Plinth
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 20 February 2014
Hey you, do you like a twinkle? If you like it then you are going to like Plinth. They twinkle with the best of them and they’ve twinkled away for long enough to have got pretty expert at it. This is a vinyl re-issue of their debut album, limited to just 200 copies and in marvellous screen-printed artwork. If I list the instruments used on this album you will get some idea of where they are coming from (glockenspiel, trumpet, clarinet, guitar, clocks, fireplace, ring modulator, birds, teapot, train, voices, piano, garden, sleigh bells, cymbals, melodica). Its winsome, hand crafted, line caught, home made revolving instrumental beauty. The tracks usually start off with one instrument on its own looping around before being joined by several intertwining melodies all interlocking and then when they add strings, well thats the icing on the cake.
On the first side of this delightful item, ‘Bracken’ and ‘Hearth’ are both utterly mesmerising. ‘Bracken’ opens with a clockwork loop and runaway trumpet, looping around beautiful, not really progressing anywhere but it doesn’t need to. ‘Hearth’ is even better, it begins with a metronomic chiming piano motif soon joined by bells and guitars which take the track off into a different direction entirely. Beautiful understated strings add texture and warmth. The album is full of little moments like this although the tracks on the B side are much darker, built up out of droning strings and bowed cymbals. A delight.
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