Monday, 30 November -0001
The Accident That Led Me To The World "The Island Gospel" (Nobodys Favourite Records 2008)
Sparse enthralling gem from Massachusetts three-piece <-i> Hailing from Massachusetts The Accident That Led Me To The World (yes, I know) are a strictly acoustic three-piece who are happy swimming in the folk-old-time tradition without ever threatening to drown in its merciless waters. Our own Mr Cowling reviewed this band’s last record – 2005s self-titled effort – and was taken by the simplicity of the songs, “beautiful miniatures, each one capturing something elemental and essential.” Well, two years later and not a great deal has changed thankfully. The Island Gospel is equally short as the first record but no less appealing. There are moments, whilst listening to the fragile masterpiece that is “Nervous Hands,” that you become so in tune with the record, so absorbed that you basically hanging on every last strum or hushed vocal utterance that you wonder what else this band might be capable of in the future. For reference points think a bleak, windswept Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings or indeed a stripped down Whiskeytown. In Mark Mandeville, Raianne Richards, and Zack Ciras we have a trio of like-minded souls for whom less is more and the importance of mood and environment is every bit as essential as the songs themselves. There are many albums of this nature released these days but very few will have the impact of The Island Gospel. These guys truly are the real deal and once they have caught you in their fragile web of guitars, banjos, and clarinets there is no mistake. An unexpected gem (and that was before I had read David’s review of the last record). I should have known really.