Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Folk/Folkrock | Heft: Jahrgang 2014, eclipsed Nr. 157 / 2-2014 | VÖ-Jahr: 2014 | Wertung: 8/10 | Label: Ici d’ailleurs | Autor: SaS
Listening to a prog song for eighteen minutes is one thing: many changes of tempo, several parts that fit together in a complex way. Spending the same time with a folk song that is only carried by vocals and acoustic guitar is the other thing. Roy Harper did this in the seventies, a few years ago the Texan Josh T. Pearson in search of spiritual salvation. And now Matt Elliot, who gives free rein to his emotions in the opener "The Right To Cry" over just this period. And despite the length and relative monotony of the composition, one is trapped in Elliot's romantic universe. And he doesn't end here: "I Would Have Woken You With This Song", an instrumental that Elliott plays accompanied only by a cello on the acoustic one, also almost reaches the ten-minute limit. Music can hardly sound more intense and painful, even if Elliot's singing lags behind his guitar playing. The key to this work lies precisely in the fact that the compositions have much more room to breathe than is good for them. A wonderful way to ring in the year musically.
Top track: The Right To Cry