Friday, 10 July 2020

Snowgoose - The Making of You

Released: 26 June 2020
Label: Glass Modern
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Scottish Folk duo Snowgoose return with their beautiful second album after a break of 8 years. The quality only goes to show that it was well worth waiting for.

In case you aren't familiar with them, Snowgoose is the work of guitarist Jim McCulloch, (of the Legendary 80s band The Soup Dragons) and vocalist Anna Sheard, whose ethereal voice makes them unique. The album also features input from a wealth of musicians, including Raymond McGinley (Teenage Fanclub), Davie Scott (The Pearlfishers) and members of Belle & Sebastian. 

It opens with 'Everything' which immediately brought to mind the 60s Folk of Fairport Convention and Pentangle. It is hugely emotional and a strong way to open the album.

'Who Will You Choose' is the standout song. This one has 60s Psych vibes and has a similar feel to The Zombies - Time of the Season. 'Hope' is wonderfully melodic with an uplifting chorus and thought provoking lyrics - 'All your politics don't hold for me. Whats the use in fighting, all our days are numbered.'

'The Making Of You' is very powerful, like traditional Folk and has a timeless quality. The loud to quiet dynamic is perfect, at times stripped back with emphasis on Anna's vocals, other times - heavy and orchestral. The result is epic. 

Other highlights include the magical 'Deserted Forest' which has gorgeous strings and vivid lyrics. Also 'The Optimist' which is quite moving, with a big chorus. My personal favourite here is the closing song - 'Gave Up Without a Sound'. This one has more Americana vibes, as well as great Pop hooks. 

A beautiful album full of stunning Folk compositions and superb musicianship. Highly recommended. 

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