The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #9450 Message #1245303
Posted By: Big Al Whittle
11-Aug-04 - 07:32 PM
Thread Name: Isla St Clair
Subject: RE: Isla St Clair
I quite like the synths in her work.
I think they paint a dramatic landscape far more effectively than many acoustic instruments. Its one of the things I really like about her work. There are several of the songs from the song and story that I had convinced myself I hated - I had endured all the phoney ethnic/in the tradition versions by floor singers for years.
To ber honest I only really bought the album because she had fantastic musicians Rick Kemp, John Kirkpatrick etc along and it was in a bargain bin. the songs were a revelation to me.
Her recorded work deserves to better known. She takes a song and tries to let it tell the story by giving it an accessible and atmospheric backing. So much better than taking an attiude about what traditional song is about and making the song conform to set of obscure and barely understandable rules.