Nicholas Palmer, aka Directorsound, hailing from Dorset but now London-based, is a multi-instrumentalist inspired by 60's jazz and the music from French and Spanish film. 'Into the Night' was recorded with help from Joel Danell (who has recorded Joe Davolaz and Musette), helping to provide that 1960's beach party sound. Swedish jazz-lord, Gustav Rådström plays both saxophone and drums on the record too. Japanese cd available on Yacca.
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- Into The Night Blue by Directorsound
8/10 Jamie Staff review, 22 November 2016
Directorsound is the project of multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Palmer. He went to Sweden to record with a group of local jazz school graduates, and the set of instrumental odes and melodies they made comprising Into The Night Blue is beautiful.
Beginning with the lilting, starlit piano and Hawaiian-sounding lap steel soother ‘Once Upon An Ocean’, it’s becoming clearer that this is one to enjoy by the fireside through our plodding winter. Gentle marimba touches and close-mic’d double bass make for an enchantingly romantic and warming opener. The lush gorgeousness continues with ‘Barracuda’ which adds Spanish guitar and tenor sax to the mix. That gently, beautifully picked guitar weaves a delicious melody over bass and brushed drums on ‘Orchid Blue’. I’m staggered that all the compositions on this cd were written by Palmer, they’re structurally perfect and the flow always allows the great musicians involved to drop in with their contributions, nice and easy.
There’s even an accordion, backing up the sax and Palmer’s wonderfully light piano keyboard touch on ‘Whispers in the Dark’. Very evocative of a Parisian pavement cafe off the Champs-Élysées circa 1962. I imagine. Then there’s the ‘four seasons’ -- leading with ‘Winter’, cycling lazily through Spring, hazily through Summer and wistfully into Autumn -- ‘With Veronika’: more pretty pavement cafe music with clarinet and bouzouki strolling optimistically into the start of another year. Lovely lullabies to rest tired eyes.
10/10 Christian Customer review, 31st August 2016
Directorsound has been an extremely gifted musician all along. But the incredible hard work behind his music is evident when you listen to this one. Talented in many, very different instruments, Mr. Palmer has released his most accomplished album with Into the Night Blue. If other albums had an ambient-ish feeling, kind like you could pay no attention while they played or not and it would be fine, this one demands active listening for it's incredible arrenges and well-structured compositions. His "Seasons with Veronika" is the spotlight of the album. Happy and sad, soothing and expresive this is one of a kind album by one in a kind artist.
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