Recorded and mixed by Iain Hutchison (Julie Fowlis, Transatlantic Sessions) at Mogwai’s Castle Of Doom studio, featuring a quartet from the celebrated Scottish Ensemble, ‘Music For String Quartet, Piano & Celeste’ is songwriter/composer Francis Macdonald (Teenage Fanclub)’s composition of minimalist contemporary music influenced by his work in film and TV soundtracks.
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- Music For String Quartet, Piano and Celeste by Francis Macdonald
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 26 March 2015
My ears. My poor, poor ears. They've had Lightning Bolt vomiting in them for at least an hour today and yesterday someone presumably who doesn't have ears played Eddy Henderson at them. I shudder. So I need a lovely ear soothe and the man to do it is Teenage Fanclub drummer Francis Macdonald. He plays neo-classical stuff now and you can imagine from looking at the title what sort of stuff this is. You'll like it if you are a fan of the piano. It's built around haunting motif's around which a string quartet paints pretty pictures. Opener 'Playful' is as much of a delight as a spring lamb, a wonderfully sweet melody circles around for awhile then goes. It's that kind of album. The pieces are beautifully melodic but unlike many neo-classical albums I'm not finding it overly sugary.
There's no jarring moments, this is play safe music that is just crying out to be used as incidental music on a Sunday night drama. There's nothing wrong with that though - there's already far too much harsnhess in the world.
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