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Edition of 200 handmade and hand-numbered copies. Packaged in hand-stamped olive cardboard envelope with the front cover image printed on polaroid style photo paper w/ insert. Bundled with a download code coupon and a Sound In Silence card.

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Secret Hopes by Brave Timbers
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8/10 Clinton 15 November 2016

The sound of Sarah Kemp's violin playing should be mounted and stuffed somewhere in a museum for future generations to get soothed by as the world gets more harsh. She has previously played with Lanterns on the Lake, Last Harbour, Memory Drawings and the Declining Winter but Brave Timbers is the project where she really gets chance to flow. Her debut album 'For Every Day You Lost' is one of the finest collections of neo-classical regret out there, shame it's not available anymore - ripe for repress that one. This years 'Hope' was more minimal and based around Dustin O'Hallaran style warm piano and it is this album outtakes and alternate versions  which makes up this short album on the ever reliable Sound in Silence.  

The opening 'Stillness' combines accordion and violin to excellent affect, the two instruments twirling round each other the musical equivalent of a stork atop a rhinocerous. 'First Light' re-introduces the plucked guitar playing that exemplified 'For Everyday You Lost'  - these are kept simple and allow the violin free reign to what it likes which is normally something very pretty indeed. 

There's lots to enjoy here - a highlight is the marvellous 'Seasons Past'  - a sweep of  plucked and bowed things that is almost unbelievably pretty. You could sometimes label Brave Timbers music a bit repetitive  - most tracks have the same structure  - simple piano/guitar chords making way for multi layered violin but really this a project to highlight Kemp's ever impressive playing and to vary too much would disturb the blueprint.  It's chocolate box pretty, the musical equivalent of a quaint Yorkshire Dales village but in these horrid times we all need a bit of soothing balm. 


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