If there ever were a tax-funded project to praise the true British pop folk music, it would sound like The Granite Shore. With their debut album Once More From the Top, these fine fellows under the guidance of Nick Halliwell sing of the pastoral life, subtly reminiscent of late 60s and 70s pop compositions.
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Well this is a lavish package. A gatefold vinyl with a lovely looking 30 page book. The Granite Shore is the brainchild of Oscillation main man Nick Halliwell who has gathered together an impressive cast of helpers. A quick look down the credits reveals appearances from Phil Wilson (June Brides), Probyn Gregory (Brian Wilson/Wondermints) and Martin Bramah (The Fall/Blue Orchids).
It appears to be an album about the joy and despair of making music for a living. The music they play is soft '60's and '70's influenced folk rock which most obviously recalls the gentler moments of Belle and Sebastien and Michael Head's soon to be re-issued The Strands project. The main issue I'm having is with Halliwell's voice which is fey in a Nikki Sudden type way and continually a little flat. However there are many non singers who I've come to love (David Berman for instance) so it could just be a matter of getting used to it.
The music, however is gorgeous, gentle and orchestrated beautifully. Lots and lots of care has gone into this.
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