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Agitated Radio Pilot - World Winding Down [Dead Slack String Records - 2007]

World Winding down is a beautiful homed and often epic collection of folk/Post-rock/pop songs, lined with field records, drone expanses and beautiful, calming & sad instrumental interludes. Taking in a double disk set but never becoming tired or sprawling, the songs are often deeply personal and almost always memorable.

At the projects centre is David Colohan who writes and sings all the songs here as well as playing acostic,electric & bass Guitar, Accordion,Mandocello & Melodica. He expertly adds in other peoples instrumental colours such as; piano, cello, clarinet,violin, keyboards, banjo- mandolin, etc but never overcrowding the songs tuneful and often melancholy lights. He has a great timeless voice that mixers in folk, country and lite rock tones- it’s rich,descriptive and felt sliding with a nice honeyed and slightly weathered tone- I can hear traces of Tom Petty, Neil Diamond and David Bowie- but he has very much his own voice. There are sometimes the odd traces of female vocals too lining the sides of his tones but again there placed well and thoughtful, to enhancing  the tracks and never overcrowd. The albums title seems very apt as all of the songs with-in seemed lined with a weary, melancholy and resigned to it all feeling but it never become navel staring or depressing or whiney- there’s a real magic and electricity dancing through even the darkest moments here. 

The tracks go from up-beat strummed acoustic guitar  embellished with piano, to doomed violin and accordion swooned guitar picked melodies, to autumnal sun licked acoustic tunefulness, to slowly echoing and expansive guitar ambience post rock-ism, to sad unfolding piano pitter-patter cried over by cello sadness and weaved by subtle bird song and field recordings. Really a great selection of pace, atmosphere and depth through out both cd’s. A fine collection of downcast yet tuneful and highly approachable songs, having a timeless and classic singer-song writer quality about them yet always alive with interesting and creative elements too.

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Roger Batty
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