Diagrams have released a nine-piece project turned record entitled ‘Dorothy’. The record can be described as an intense collective of inspirational lyrics from poetry and aching melodies. A genuine mix of soft-rock and folk music in some parts, yet a much more conservative sound in other parts. Available on Vinyl LP and CD.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 10 May 2017
In this weeks heartwarming feel good story former Tunng troubador Sam Genders has here collaborated with 90-year-old Washington State-based poet Dorothy Trogdon. Luckily she doesn't sing so this is not like the time the Fiery Furnaces made an album with their grandma but instead provides the lyrics to Genders warm and intimate folk tunes. Since the dissolution of Tunng Genders seems to be heading further towards traditional songwriting with the electronic pulse of that band now reduced generally to a few background twitches and field recordings which sit behind the recordings. Typically almost as I type this comes 'I Tell Myself' which eschews the acoustic guitar in favour of a Beatles-esque downward descending chord sequence mapped out by twitchy syn horns.
But it's an anomaly, Genders is generally happier plucking away at his acoustic guitar on twilit ballads and slo-mo harmonic pop. As with any lyrical/musical collaboration he sometimes trips over the words and there's at times disconnect between the imagery they paint and the way he sings them. But as a tribute to the wordsmithery of Trogdon it has a place. It certainly works best though on the near a capella 'Crimson Leaves' which allows Trogdon's imagery to shine and not be partially hidden 'neath the pretty if sometimes cloying musical arrangements.
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