Monday, 30 November -0001
The Accident that Led Me to the World “The Accident that Led Me to the World” (Nobodys Favorite Records 2005)
Perfect twisted folk tales in miniature.<-i> Remember all of those theories that said our attention spans were getting shorter and maybe consequently as if to disprove this notion we are assailed with records that go on well past their point and films that are so bloated and yet so empty they make you feel guilty for having sat through them. Thank heavens then for brevity for here we have 12 songs in a scant 26 minutes. And they are simple too, from the dark folk palette, there are voices, banjo, guitar, bass and occasional additional strings and clarinet. Even simpler are the structures, no verses or choruses to speak of; they make their point and have the sense to stop. Still all of this could be inconsequential and annoying if it wasn’t done with genuine talent and some panache. These songs are beautiful miniatures, each one capturing something elemental and essential, and each one simple but detailed and fully realised with a few words and the simple instruments. There is something universal and timeless about them - they sometimes sound like a chamber version of Califone and though seemingly polite, there are dark undercurrents. ‘All My Ghosts’ is a deep black hymnal and in common with other songs has water running through it... you can imagine this bunch as reluctant pirates flying a black flag. The songs often creak like a wooden sailing ship making its way through the waves and songs like ‘Below’ have a definite sea shanty quality - with the cello sawing away like rough timbers rubbing together and with the clarinet fluttering in the breeze like a standard the nautical theme is complete. Each one of the songs stands on its own and if you add together the impact of a dozen of these vignettes it all adds up to excellence.