We have a wonderful new record out by Les Etoiles today. For fans of Talk Talk, Song:Ohia, Low and maybe even Buriall if he was a pastoral singer-songwriter (much as I hate that word). Might be the best slow core album since Curtain Hits The Cast.
You can also buy a copy from our website or Norman Records.
Don't take my word for it. Here is what selected other fellows have been saying.
To Leave A Mark lasts for the shortest of forevers, seeming positively timeless while playing, then slipping quickly into silence. It’s a remarkably complex album, for one so straightforwardly written and recorded, for such a commonplace and (literally) homely subject matter. Like the best fairytales, these songs issue from a world endlessly recognisable and utterly enchanted. Simply, another astonishing record.
To Leave A Mark is not only beautiful and haunting, but also knowing in a way that may unsettle listeners who are really paying attention: these are Fitzpatrick’s “songs of experience”, and the awareness concentrated in them gives out onto great and searching questions about mortality and identity. The sense of longing amply communicated by Fitzpatrick’s langorously precise voice and limpid arrangements coincides with a more elusive, restless anxiety, which a lyric like “The Clearing” settles but cannot expunge: “bad memories / scattered as the seeds…notions / that cannot blossom”. There is a life’s work in there somewhere.
To Leave A Mark never overplays its message; with eleven tracks taking up less than thirty minutes of music. Its mood may be subdued and sad but it contains a warmth and richness that will provide comfort to anyone who has returned to a familiar scene, only to experience a strong sense of loss.