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Kris Drever – If Wishes Were Horses | Album Review | Top of the World

Posted on April 13th, 2016 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

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Words by Tim Cumming

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His glass may always be half-empty, but this is his best yet
★★★★

You get the feeling that if Kris Drever were to sing ‘My Way’, the ‘regrets, I’ve had a few’ line would lose the ‘too few to mention’ bit. The opener on his excellent new set, ‘I Didn’t Try Hard Enough’, is steeped in regret, albeit set to a rolling, upbeat, optimistic tune and setting. Drever has guitarist Ian Carr with him, with Euan Burton’s piano, Wurlitzer organ and bass, and percussion from Louis Abbott.

The title-track has a deft melody and the kind of spare setting that brings out the best in Drever’s songs. The lyrics are strong, mixing the deeply personal with the turbulence of larger affairs. ‘The Longest Day’ is a well-observed, philosophical nature lyric, and the closing ‘Going to the North’ references the singer’s recent move to Shetland, while subtly encompassing a renewed sense of home, which makes ‘the little things clearer the nearer that you are.’ This is warm, revealing and insightful songwriting; Drever’s best solo work by far.

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Top of the World May 2016: The best new releases

Posted on April 1st, 2016 in Recent posts, Reviews by .

Our selection of the top ten new releases reviewed in the May (#117) issue.

Konono No 1 & Batida
Konono No 1 Meets Batida (Crammed Discs)

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Five years since their last album, the innovative Grammy-winning group Konono No 1 are back and are joined by Portuguese-Angolan DJ Batida on this hypnotising collaborative effort.

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Snowboy & The Latin Section
New York Afternoon (Snowboy Records)

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With an illustrious discography going back to the late 80s, conguero Mark ‘Snowboy’ Cotgrove and his group release their first album on his eponymous label.

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Breabach
Astar (Breabach Records)

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Scottish group Breabach return with a new album packed full of global musical influences from their travels. A mix of original compositions and covers, Astar exhibits a new, exciting direction.

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La Yegros
Magnetismo (Soundway Records)

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Argentinian nu cumbia singer La Yegros is accompanied by some noteworthy guests on her commanding and rhythmical sophomore album.

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Michael Messer’s Mitra
Call of the Blues (Knife Edge Records)

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Michael Messer’s Mitra transform Mississippi blues songs with Hindustani sensitivities for a delightful project that was mostly recorded live.

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Kris Drever
If Wishes Were Horses (Reveal Records)

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A solo album from Lau’s Kris Drever, this showcases what may be Drever’s best work yet, with insightful lyrics penned against a backdrop of warm instrumentation.

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Veretski Pass with Joel Rubin
Poyln: A Gilgul (Golden Horn Records)

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Traditional Polish and Jewish music are brought together and masterfully executed on a memorable album by Veretski Pass and Joel Rubin.

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Group Ekanzam
Every Song Has its End: Sonic Dispatches from Traditional Mali (Glitterbeat)

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The diverse nature of Malian traditional music is showcased across 12 tracks gathered by Bamako-based producer Paul Richard Chandler.

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Lakou Mizik
Wa Di Yo (Cumbancha)

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Lakou Mizik’s debut is a passionate tribute to the people and culture of Haiti. Formed in the aftermath of the country’s 2010 earthquake, the collective deliver a project of celebration and hope.

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Full Attack Band
1001 (Full Attack Band)

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Argentinian saxophonist Alejandro Toledo leads a new life in a new band, one that showcases a firm strength, fervour and clear experience in their musical arrangements.

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