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- Of The Storm by The Driftwood Manor
9/10 Mike Staff review, 10 April 2014
The Driftwood Manor return to break your heart once again with a new collection of slow-paced folky wistfulness. One thing that's immediately notable is that for an album coming out in such a limited quantity the production is very good. Not showy, just clear and well balanced, which serves the thoughtful beauty of the music well.
There's variety here, from a capella intimacy to snarling trails of distorted electric guitar and twangy banjo, but there's a consistently mid-paced and dusky feel throughout. Sometimes it seems like they're just hanging out on the porch twanging away lazily while the sun sets, but there's also something slightly formal about the traditional-sounding vocal harmonies and Alasdair Roberts-esque stoic delivery.
The economical way the songs are written reminds me of Low in places, too. It's always stripped back to its essentials, no wasted notes, just simple slow-flowing sadness. It's a gorgeous collection, if you like things folky then I'd recommend picking one of these up while they're still around!
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