Paul Marshall aka Lone Wolf gives us his entry into the canon of ‘albums made in a secluded cabin’ with Lodge. Every note of his rather bleak, yet ornate ballads were recorded in the Bridlington lodge in an album of rawly captured piano, trumpet, drums and voice. On LP and CD from SNWF records.
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Prone to over-sharing in press releases and blogs, Paul Marshall aka Lone Wolf has done the right thing and locked himself away in a studio and made an extremely personal album that speaks more than a billion web words.
I’d venture that since his last record Marshall has been listening severely to Talk Talk and These New Puritans. This is the sort of record that recalls Wild Beasts or Elbow having a mid-life crisis and finally doing something truly in the name of art. I don’t fully get on with Marshall’s voice (it’s too Garvey with many a hint of the high Wild Beasty) but I like where he’s headed musically. ‘Alligator’ is an early highlight that strikes in the exact mid-point between melancholic Radiohead, Wild Beasts and Talk Talk. The muted trumpets that appear throughout hint towards the latter but even without them this is good stuff. ‘Give Up’ sounds like one of the more solemn efforts on Wild Beasts lovely ‘Smother’ - it features a nice build up that I feel is just a bit too earnest to be truly effective.
My general feeling that Marshall will be better the weirder he gets is exemplified on ‘Mess’ where some gorgeous piano chords collide with a sweet vocal, and the pulsating ‘Taking Shapes’, which is stripped back to bass and drums. The customer review below rightly compares ‘Token Water’ to Robert Wyatt’s ‘Gharbzadegi’ - it's very, very similar sounding and has a lovely intimate feel. Its subtly building melancholy is probably the highlight here.
I now read on his blog that Marshall is retiring the Lone Wolf moniker. Sometimes music takes a while to seep into people’s consciousness and everything takes time. ‘Lodge’ certainly needs investment - its best bits are where Marshall disappears into the ether so lets hope he can balance doing that with continuing to make records.
9/10 Andrew Helm Customer review, 18th September 2015
A really haunting record best listened to in the dark with a large glass of single malt. The Mark Hollis/Talk Talk references are obvious - I actually think the Mark Hollis solo album is a better reference point than, say, Laughing Stock/Spirit of Eden. In an album that is uniformly quite stark and introspective it is a record of two sides - the first side being the more accessible of the two and the second being a touch more avant garde and containing my personal favourites The Art Of Letting Go and the beautiful Pripyat. A lovely and fitting final piece in what is a wonderful trilogy of albums.
8/10 federico benvenuti Customer review, 17th May 2015
it happens to me that each spring that comes, I look for an LP I can name "the soundrack of my summer". this year it will be Lodge from Lone Wolf. An artist that must have loved Depeche Mode, Massive Attack, Radiohead, Jim O'Rourke, Sohn and has decided to play his output in a chamber, acoustic, intimate manner. As such, the instrumental approach is similar to the one Talk Talk had in their milestone oeuvres garden of eden, laughing stock. It's not "post rock" though, as you can hear jazzy, classical and minimalistic influences.
Very well played produced and recorded, it's a pleasure to hear it on a good hi fi equipment. Yet, this is a nocturnal, intimate, romantic, tense LP.
Sometimes the sources of insipiration are way too evident. just compare Token Water to Robert Wyatt's Gharbzadegi, but hey, others have done it in the past with great results (Hood in their Outside Closer LP). Therefore, you'll get is an intimate work, written and performed with passion and elegance. Very good soundtrack, alone at home or with special company, under a starry summer night.
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