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There are a slew of new releases are coming at you from the ever popular Home Normal label over the next few weeks starting off with this one from the folky Netherlands-based ensemble Birdt.
Now, I have to admit I did have Home Normal down as an ambient only label but it turns out they do release other kind of music and this album is a series of wistful singer songwriter type ruminations which are improved vastly by some excellent violin playing. The songs are fairly conventional, based around quiet acoustic guitar pluckings with the vocals in your general confessional songwriter territory. The English-as-a-second-language thing hampers their delivery slightly but none more so than those by Notwist or Bed do. In fact the latter group are one of the touchstones for the sound if not the structure. Its all carefully recorded, the plucks and squeaks of the instruments are audible and its beautifully played.
Several songs lift with the introduction of traditional instruments such as accordions and violin and as such remind me of some of the more gentle musings that came out of the Fence label. I’m also reminded of Dakota Suite’s more song based stuff. There is the odd piece of instrumental interlude which are very pleasant indeed if personally I’m finding the songs a little conventional for my tastes. That’s not to say though that these haunting twilight songs won’t have plenty of appeal.
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