Winchester's finest (other than the cathedral maybe) Rozi Plain is back with a brand new album. Her fourth (we think) is another self produced effort following on from the much acclaimed Friend released on Lost Map back in 2015. She's a busy lass, playing with This Is The Kit as well as touring her own stuff, painting boats, being creative and all those good things. There was a Dinked edition but it's gone now slowpokes.
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Signed Dinked Edition glow-in-the-dark vinyl LP on Memphis Industries, with alternate glow-in-the-dark screen printed sleeve. Limited to 300 numbered copies.
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Limited edition, indies only glow-in-the-dark vinyl LP on Memphis Industries.
Didn't get round to reviewing this last week not because of any dearth of enthusiasm but we didn't have soundclips (hint hint record labels). So I spent the half hour that I should have spent reviewing the record trying to work out where she got that blue anorak she wears on the sleeve. It's debatable whether I've heard Rozi Plain before (I tend to have to check old reviews to work out whether an artist has entered my orbit) but if this is my first listen then I'm impressed.
The album has the loose-limbed feel of an album that as perhaps emerged out of late night jam sessions. The instruments have a folky feel with drums splashing about and bits of guitars twiddling in and out of the mix. At first, as on opener Inner Circle, you feel you may be in for some sort of Astral Weeks-style jazz rock exploration but Rozi plain's voice is a sure footed anchor holding everything together and when it appears it's as if someone has added glue to the mix. Swing Shut does the same but erupts into a quite surprisingly rocky concoction that I feel is a tad overdone in places because, you see, you have to have space for that voice to breathe. It's such a lovely thing. It reminds me of *someone*. I don't want to say Paul Simon yet again because it really isn't the best comparison but it's that kind of loose singing -of varying tempo. On tracks like the Gap she seems to sit with one foot in Moondog's cyclical orchestrated pop camp and another in Field Music's similarly baroque form of songsmithery.
It's really interesting how these songs are constructed. They sound and play out lovely. There's the occasional sameness accusation but that is possibly because I'm in office-like conditions running through it fast with only a cursory couple of listens. If this develops like I'm expecting it to then we could be left with a beautiful album of twisting twirly folk/rock.
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