Hungover from the night before I slowly bring myself to open my eyes. The midday sun is piercing through the curtains. I can hear chattering birds through my open window; distant trains, the odd car, roadworks and general activity I’d rather I wasn’t hearing. I stumble my way downstairs, collect the post, stumble my way upstairs, open the post and find this CD. I slide it on and as the delicate guitar plucks slowly unfold I find myself collapsing on my bed facing the ceiling, utterly paralysed by the lilting acoustic guitars and gentle vocal massaging floating around me.
And for 22 minutes there I lay. Motionless. Absorbing its autumnal warmth and drifting into a netherworld where such calm minimalist beauty is able to cleanse my mind of any worrying behaviour the night before. Its subtle melodies are gently weaved through modest electronics and percussion, though so atmospheric is _‘For Hymnal Hearts’ _and the final closing breath of _‘The Lewis Thief’ _that you sense silence itself is manifesting itself in each song’s fragile texture.
Beautiful and serene, yet wonderfully ephemeral these are 7 tracks you can fully drown yourself in. Oh, and they’re perfect for the morning after.
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