Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Jon Hopkins and King Creosote Team Up
Sometimes you can judge a record by it's cover and the new album by Jon Hopkins and King Creosote is one of those occurrences. Entitled, Diamond Mine, this record is as rustic as it's cover would seem to indicate. Sounding like it was recorded along the British coast (or Scottish coast according to the musicians) at a pub frequented by locals only; this is a quiet intimate recording that's so barely there it's almost background noise.
Diamond Mine, unlike its name is fragile and dainty and meanders its way through the seven songs that make it up. This record is the sound of sea shanty's coming to life in all their picturesque and ancient glory. A jumpy pop record this is not, but a quiet seaside night it is and its fragile salty beauty is what keeps you intrigued throughout. This is a unique album that's as windswept as the sailors who would sing it. While it might not be traditional music in a technical sense, it remains fantastic folk music none-the-less.