In which James Yorkston, John Thorne (of Lamb) and singer / sarangi-player Suhail Yusuf Khan get together to record a remarkable set of material, encompassing original tunes, Ivor Cutler covers and improvisations. Everything Sacred is available in special independent-stores-only edition, with an exclusive bonus 7”.
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In which our favourite M&S jumpered singer songwriter teams up with Lamb man John Thorne and singer/sarangi-player Suhail Yusuf Khan for an album of gently meditative seemingly improvised folk tunes. Yorkston plucks away at an acoustic guitar, Thorne’s double bass is as warm as any played by Danny Thompson and Khan slathers sangari atop.
Opener ‘Knochentanz’ reveals something that is going to be pretty important important to my enjoyment of the record - I’m not sure if I like the sound of the sangari. That’s me snookered then. The track has the improvised feel of musicians really enjoying themselves. The Ssngari is less exposed on ‘Little Black Buzzer’ a cover of an Ivor Cutler tune where Yorkston’s dark brogue and what I presume is Lisa O’Neill’s squeak duet effectively. Strangely I’ve spent the last week listening to a version of Lal Waterson’s ‘Song For Thirza’ on the upcoming the Big Eyes Family Players album and lo and behold here it is again. You wait years for someone to play ‘Song For Thirza’ and two come along at once. It’s a beautiful version,I think I prefer Big Eyes attempt but I’ve heard it about 100000 more times. This version weaves and bobs and again O’Neill backs up Yorkston’s croon.
From thereon in each member gets a turn to write as the record takes a turn for the experimental and slightly discordant non ‘Vachaspati’ before the gorgeous sparse title track where Thorne takes lead vocal. Even more affecting is ‘Broken Wave’ Yorkston’s lament for his fallen friend Doogie Paul - heart on sleeve stuff and up there with Yorkston’s very best work. ‘Blues Jumped the Goose’ is a gorgeous rolling guitar piece that reminds me of both Will Oldham’s ‘Ode Music’ and Dirty Three’s more elegiac work. A beautiful end to a grab bag of folk styles.
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