Graham Reid | | <1 min read
Neatly uncategorisable, this album fronted by the British duo of singer-songwriter Lauren Kinsella and producer/keyboardist Chris Hyson have found a place between folk-pop, electronica and spoken word which is lush, warm, mysterious and somehow also lands them in the jazz category.
Here with additional piano, sax, drums, guitar and violin they weave a sonically layered tapestry of multiple vocal lines (The Wheel), the slipperiness of Joni Mitchell, the coolness of speak-sing Laurie Anderson and a sense of art-music poise given complex arrangements.
The Vangelis-like centrepiece instrumental Tiers might have come from a Bladerunner flight over that dark and rainy city, but Without You which follows is a bouncy beat-driven slice of pop electronica.
This is enjoyable, cerebral music -- if the term wasn't so debased we might even call it progressive -- which pushes the parameters into different directions at every opportunity but is smart enough to never go too far from the core ideas..
You can hear this album at Spotify here