Swim Inside The Moon is the new album from Thousand Oaks, California resident Angelo De Augustine. Just 24 years of age, the suburban singer-songwriter has made a deftly subtle, imperiously confident, sparsely instrumented record. It includes his mum’s century-old piano, a synth and a guitar; laid down straight to an old reel-to-reel tape machine. Notable influences: Nick Drake, Elliott Smith and Vashti Bunyan.
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Imagine Sufjan Stevens if he was a small burrowing woodland creature. This is kind of how I imagine Angelo Augustine. His songs are early Iron & Wine rustic with wooden guitars twinkled rustically whilst he sings over the top in a small high pitched voice. His songwriting has dashes of Nick Drake's autumnal beauty - his chords move around as if they are leaves blown on a windy day and his voice satisfies like Sufjan when he's trying to re-assure you that everything is going to be ok.
It's an album that is at its best when it sounds like Nick Drake played at 78rpm. The title track is just brilliant - is whips along with scattershot sunlit guitar and that autumnal nip in the air like the kind that stays all the way through 'Pink Moon'. Now you could describe this as being a bit samey - it's a lovely sound for sure but there's not a great deal of variation however I'm under the impression that Sufjan's 'Carrie & Lowell' is an album enjoyed by many and this is of a similar ilk if but just without as much death and despair. It doesn't horrify like that album - instead it's like wrapping a warm Sufjan-shaped duvet round you to keep out the winter chill. Recommended.
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