North Sea Navigator are a group trading in bleak, sea-shanty recalling post-folk, giving off feelings of a long winter settling in when the candles are running low. Make The Blacklist, their debut, was released 10 years ago, and is now reissued in remastered form in a closely limited edition of just 50 copies. Features artwork from Alice Drake and a download code for a live album.
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- KILLCROW003 / 10th Anniversary remastered CD on Kill Crow. Edition of 50 numbered copies with linocut relief print by Alice Drake. Includes bonus download for 'Scary Show' album
- Includes download code
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Initially released sometime in '05 this has been re-issued presumably due to massive public demand in a further edition of 50 copies. Check press for it being played live in its entirety.
From the sleeve I expected some downcast Fence like folk but it's actually quite decent beat driven pop with distorted hand crafted drums and pleading vocals. Opener 'Sway to the Drone' is rather windswept with gales of vocal harmonies towards the end which brings to mind an imagined video of them steering a small ship through a large storm. 'Vyktor Kyam' (the man who bought the company, remember) is scratty 90's indie with a rather gruesome feel. After the seasick folk of 'Victorian', 'Dark Lake' is full of churning guitars and sweeping violin reminding me very much of PJ Harvey, Anna Calvi but then lurches into a rather preposterous chorus that sounds like the whole recording process has been transferred to the lid of the producers lawnmower.
Throughout this record (which should be heard by more than the 50 lucky people who will get this) North Sea Navigator are like a nasty evil twin of Lanterns of the Lake...where Lanterns soothe and musically tell you everything is ok, North Sea Navigator discordantly inform you that everything is going to be terrible actually.
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