Crooked Mouth Records CMR001CD, 12.99
The mid-Atlantic textured vocal sincerity and lurches in tempo grate on first hearing – and become unimportant on further listening to this unique Glasgow songwriter.
Poetically powerful and often set in urban darkness or shadow, his songs are steeped in loss, alienation, temporal innocence, the need to escape and the unsayable in relationships, yet filled with a meditative sense of optimism and ultimate redemption.
The layered accompaniments might seem relatively simple, but are very effective in their understatement.
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