The Ones You Keep Close was recorded by Brigid Mae Power with a band that included Peter Broderick (who also took care of recording and mastering the record). Brigid’s lush alternative-folk sound is in fine form right here. Available in vinyl and cassette formats (both accompanied with download codes) on the oscarson label.
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- oscarson no 12
- oscarson no 12 / Cassette tape on oscarson with 8-sided handmade booklet + download code
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Though Peter Broderick is here (usually a sign that I'll not like something), he takes an instrumental back seat to Brigid Mae Power's keening voice and warm arrangements. An Irish singer and multi instrumentalist she has a wavering jazz infected style which on excellent opener 'I Don't Know How To Do This Naturally' has the same lollop and busy arrangements of 'Astral Weeks'. Despite living in London and spending time in the US, Power's Irish heritage shines through throughout. On 'As I Roved Out' Buckley-esque free jazz is replaced by traditional folk based balladry - Power's voice utterly rising like a flag over the arrangements. 'I Told You the Truth' has shades of Kate Bush in 'This Woman's Work' territory before the gloomy and atmospheric 'Heart Pinch' driven along by droning bass accordion.
My other favourite is closer 'We Are Quiet Now' which again showcases jazzier arrangements with beautifully brushed drums and the sort of smoky atmosphere's that sit somewhere between Nick Drake and Movietone. Over this sits Power's splendid voice great throughout the album but it;s the first and the last tracks that have convinced me there's something special here. I'd like her to push out into this more freeform territory perhaps head along the same path as Melanie De Biaso has in recent times to really give her voice a sort of musical vehicle which will truly stun.
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