Poppy hails from the big smoke, lives by the sea in Brighton (this is quite a common occurrence seemingly) and is apparently classically trained. She specialises in piano and violin but this second outing proper sees her expand her palette to incorporate other exciting musical items with the same such keys and twangy, screechy bits. Poppy is also a member of Hidden Orchestra who will be familiar to you if you are a bit of an acidsouljazzer like I'm not. Bummer. So much promise and excitement has now dissipated from my imagination. Feathers isn't about the person who is vacating the room I am just about to take in a house in Leeds this week. When I asked my new "landlady" how long it would take for the passage to be clear she laughed and commented "Oh Charlotte doesn't have much in the way of possessions.....just bags and bags of feathers".
8/10 Ian Staff review, 19 November 2014
The ever-splendid Denovali label releases the second solo outing from Aberfeldy/Hidden Orchestra string botherer Poppy Ackroyd, ‘Feathers’ is Poppy taking her collection of instruments (piano, violin, harpsichord) and creating angelic neo-classical sounds of the highest order. You don’t have to be an expert in classical music to know that this is lovely stuff indeed, a sumptuous blend of staccato strings, effortless piano twinkles with a modern and very rhythmical form of classical music that feels very soundtrack like in it’s flow and melodicism. ‘Feathers’ is a very accessible way to ease yourself into the modern classical world if you’re not familiar with the genre.
Artists like Nils Frahm and Hauschka can be a little hard to swallow at first and if you want to bypass all the radio friendly dinner party stuff then Poppy is a perfect way to dip your toes, both mellow but thought provoking at the same time and certainly not too pretentious.
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