Quite possibly the most beautiful mediations on death you’ll hear all year.
This Cambridge based group, centred around the songwriting and arranging talents of Jamie Cameron, have crafted a deeply textured album of blissed-out reverie and poignant melancholia, a sublime listen in which understatement is king.
Mostly constructed from strings, piano, saxophone and acoustic guitar, the album drifts along like an opioid dream, with a number of more experimental instrumental numbers acting as segues between the melancholic folk songs. These ambient elements infuse the whole album with a quiet dignity befitting the subject matter; these songs are catharsis for Cameron who lost a best friend in a car accident and the sense of dealing with loss is palpable throughout.
Ultimately though this sombre, sober and mature album is infused with such beauty it stands as a fitting tribute to a life lost and touches on universal themes.
Recommended if you love Talk Talk, The Penguin Cafe Orchestra, C. Duncan or Sparklehorse