King Creosote: Flick the Vs (Domino)

 |   |  <1 min read

King Creosote: Camels Swapped for Wives
King Creosote: Flick the Vs (Domino)

Scottish singer-songwriter Kenny Anderson, aka King Creosote, gets away more albums and EPs than I see local buses: I think he's closing in on Bob Dylan's tally somewhere in the mid-40s -- and he seems to average about three a year on his own Fence label.

So if you've missed him, or don't have the time for this one, don't worry about it: within a few weeks he'll be back with something else.

He's an interesting and well-connected guy: apparently he's the one who brought KT Tunstall to greater attention; his brother Gordon is the singer in The Aliens; on this album Jon Hopkins plays keyboards, xylophone and piano; and Steve Mason (formerly of the Beta Band and now an Alien) also drops by for some vocals.

As you might expect from someone who is so prolific, these are moderately lo-fi alt.folk songs with embellishment from electronica and strings (and a little Fifties rock'n'roll sax on the poppy No Way She Exists), but Anderson writes a nice late Sixties/early Seventies folk-rock melody and in his very easy and charmingly self-deprecating manner he could just win you over -- especially if the Beta Band/Aliens/Syd Barrett axis appeals.

We'll pick up Kenny again soon, I'm sure. Meantime . . . . 

 

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2010: READERS' CHOICES

BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2010: READERS' CHOICES

And the people have spoken. In addition to my own Best of Elsewhere 2010 list below, this year readers got to have their say -- and pleasingly many picked albums which I simply didn't get. Sorry,... > Read more

Willie Nelson: Moment of Forever (Lost Highway)

Willie Nelson: Moment of Forever (Lost Highway)

Whether he's singing sentimental songs (like the Kristofferson-penned title track here), evoking some kind of outlaw mentality or harking back to history (his take on Randy Newman's Louisiana here... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

LIFE OF PI by YANN MARTEL

LIFE OF PI by YANN MARTEL

This ingenious, fable-like and gently philosophical novel by Spanish-born, Montreal-based author Martel has not only been salivated over by critics but also longlisted for the Booker. Don't let... > Read more

Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood and the Rajasthan Express: Junun (Nonesuch/Warners)

Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood and the Rajasthan Express: Junun (Nonesuch/Warners)

In a cover which recalls the Seventies albums Shankar, Family and Friends and Music Festival From India (see below, both produced by George Harrison for his Dark Horse label) comes this exciting... > Read more