After taking a hiatus from music Woodpigeon returns for his sixth album of delicate indie-folk. These sad acoustic tales of loneliness and heartbreak have been stripped down to the bare essentials, making TROUBLE a raw and uncompromising listen. On CD and vinyl LP from Where Its At Is Where You Are.
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 13 April 2016
From Canada originally but with Scottish connections, Woodpigeon have released six records and I’ve not heard a single one. From the sounds of the opening ‘Fence’ here, it’s me that is missing out. What a superb track. It sounds like someone. A slab of gorgeous twinkling alt country - I’m sorts of thinking the very best Richmond Fontaine or those moments Father John Misty is worth the hype. I love the sentiment too…lets have lots of land and space. Can’t we? The record does feel like it has the wide open spaces of leader Mark Andrew Hamilton’s native Calgary. It’s soft rock in places, ‘Devastated’ sounds like a devastated War on Drugs kind of how they may have sounded the night Mark Kozelek upset them, beautifully produced with words picked slowly and chords changing just so.
It’s not all good, the upbeat Camera Obscura-ish stomp of ‘Canada’ just seems to fast for the general pace of the LP - the sound of Sufjan Stevens being rushed - and there's a few pass-me-by bits but there are lots of glory moments here. ‘Faithful’ is a perfect example of what Hamilton is good at, it starts out like any soft rock before a haunting chord change challenges you to stick with it, Hamilton then takes the opportunity to stick the knife into your heart and twist it about a bit.
I’m weeping. Weeping.
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