Sunday, 9 March 2014

Skylark Song - Relent - Album Review [9th March 2014]

[2014.03.09] Tom Hollingworth, for NARC Magazine.

At last! The hardest working duo in Newcastle release a long awaited debut LP. Emma Davis' rich voice riding the waves of Alex McRae's crisp, fingerpicked guitar has hypnotised audiences live, but up until now a couple of demo disks were all we had to sate us until their next gig.

The patient construction of Relent has paid off; the playlist including long-term classics, like Sirens and Looking Ahead, as well as more recent gems. To enjoy the earthy violin melodies, the chordal voicing and super-tight vocal harmonies without battling crowd distractions serves their compositions, and the performances for these recordings are judged accordingly, with a gentler and more understated delivery.

These talented musicians have worked tirelessly, performing night in and night out so we can hear these songs. With Relent, they have given us the opportunity of sanctuary in these melodies back at home too.

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