Songs Of Green Pheasant
October 6, 2009, 3:32 am
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Songs of Green Pheasent

Gyllyng Street

Duncan Sumpner’s dazed art-folk can sometimes become a little drab and a challenge for the attention span. With some tracks topping the eight-minute mark you might say that his is an art that takes its time. But, with Sumpner remembering his life in Cornwall as an art student, this long, rain-strewn dream of an album slowly earns a place in the listener’s heart, but it takes a while. Best listened to on headphones in the fading daylight, Sumpner’s lonely, bottomless introspection breeds a sensuous miasma thats as light as a falling eyelash. Mottled with fragile instrumentals and with Sumpner’s vocals buried deeply in the mix, engendered is a palpable sense of desolation. In the last act, Julie Cole’s cherubim vocals often have a way of energizing the listless Post-Rock forays and the staggeringly cinematic ‘Alex Drifts Alone’, boasts a melancholy trumpet part straight out of a 1940’s Film Noir. Overall an ambitious and effective meditation on time and place, the nature of memories and the slow passing of youth.


(4 stars)

Download: Alex Drifting Alone, Fires P.G.R.

For Fan’s of Sigur Ros, Talk Talk.

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