A long time ago when we were on the hideous Google blogspot platform we posted about the unique and dislocated folk of Thirty Pounds Of Bone (aka singer-songwriter Johny Lamb).
So the news that he has a new album titled I Cannot Sing You Here, But For Songs Of Where, due out on the 6th May via Armellodie Records was especially good to hear. Even more so when we found out that the track Home Faring can be downloaded as of right now as a tasty appetiser.
This is one of those records that is possessed of a singular and unique vision, where distraction, desolation, and despair are constant companions and distortion and drone are artfully used to heighten emotions and force the listener to really partake of what is going on. It is a record concerned with movement and time and space, with tales of itinerants and migrants, about displacement and the search for home and belonging. It is a genuine folk record, not because it is carefully rooted in traditions, but precisely because it is the exact opposite, absorbing and translating modern times in a way that is intensely personal and absolutely original.
In short it is a damn fine record and for those of you who, like us, like a bit of grit and reality with your music from time to time, we’re willing to wager you will find exactly what you seek in this album.
You can pre-order it from Bandcamp here.
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