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Artist: HAMILTON YARNS (@)
Title: search for the underwater town
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Hark Recorrdings (@)
Rated: *****
Honestly be it the fact it was a promo or the naive painting on the cover, I had no great expectation from this double cd, but hell knows if I was wrong!. I’ve been listening both of the cds repeatedly many times and I think this’ a great work. I wish none will be offended by the following comparison but I use it just to help you making a picture of Hamilton Yarn’s music, this bands really reminded of the musical approach of Bablicon, some new/old folk bands from England and last Current 93 gone more solar. As you may have guessed we’re talking about melodic folk music in a broad sense but it’s enriched of neo psychedelia, popular music, field recordings and the tracklist gives you the impression it has been designed to create a narration, thus we could define it "story telling music". This may sound as "art brut" and it’s not absolutely erroneous but I think everything seems to be really intentional on this cd, so you have well done recordings, rough field-sounds but all has been mixed with a great taste. They should be a seven piece from what I could get from their website and they play a large variety of instruments like piano, violin, cornet, flute, clarinet, harmonium, etc...and they also use vocals in a really folk/popular manner. Both of the cds offer an equal amount of melody and soft acoustic sound works, most of the music have a childish dreamlike atmosphere if it’s not something you can lull your children with it’s really close to it. Obviously from what I wrote you may imagine this could sound as a soundtrack for cartoons or for kids oriented movies and this’ what I find really lovely of this double cd: it’s simple, but its a simplicity not so easily obtainable infact if you pay attention to the arrangements of the majority of the tracks you can’t but notice they’re really well pondered and combined with a great writing skill. "Pastoral folk" they say and I agree with reviewers who labelled them this way, even if it could be a bit reductive for the multiplicity of things they put together. Thumbs up to the pastoral folksters.



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