Northerner - There'll Be Other Holidays (Misplaced Music, 2008)
There'll Be Other Holidays
CDr Misplaced Music MM109 (UK, 02-2008)
03. No Gloom
05. May Day
06. Looking Up
Note : 75 hand-numbered copies.
This is a beauty. Recalling Labradford & Manual, you get some quality drifting escapism on this highly limited CDr on Misplaced Music. Even spots of Yellow 6 but much less constrained by a style than that. Simple, understated beats, gliding textures & manipulated guitars prevail to provide us, the mere listener, with an all enveloping aural hug. Or an audio mug of creamy chocolate with extra chocolaty bits sprinkled on. I’m well taken with the twinkling atmospherics on here. The sheer scope of sound is multi dimensional & very comforting. Track 4 is up there with the very best stuff coming out on Infraction, just gorgeous, suspended ambient bliss with a smooth, worry-free brow. The guitar textures on brief track ‘May day’ could easily prop up a voice such as Richard Hawley’s (this music is a bit better than the somewhat sentimental gush he’s throwing in our face these days) Seven varied and compulsive tunes later, you get the idea this Northerner fella has a passionate understanding of music & knows what buttons to press indeed. Simply divine!