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Nigel Mazlyn Jones


Prog Folk

4.45 | 9 ratings

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5 stars If there ever was something called progressive folk, this is it. I love Pentangle, Fairport Convention, John Martyn and the rest but this is truly unique, personal and something of a genius putting notes together and in the process creates a tapestry of sound, poetry and emotion. If you've missed this one I hope that this review will give you a reason to check it out.

I remember reading about this album in Record Collector (I think it was) many, many years ago. It was highly rated in a piece on british folk and I got intrigued, trying to acquire it for a long time. When I at last held it in my trembling hands I was not to be disappointed. What the album offers is very special and precious.

Nigel Mazlyn Jones plays the acoustic guitar and sings with great emotion. The fact that the guitar quite often is effect-laden in a John Martyn-ish way (only slitghtly more and in a personal way) gives the album a certain character which only helps to build the towers of emotion, brought forth by way of gentle, surreal and evocative sounds and even vision.

I would define the album as a symphony of progressive folk. Most of the tracks seem to cling together, creating this marvelous picture. Sometimes sinister and gloomy, sometimes jjoyful and light, always engaging and thrilling. "The man and the deer", for example, is quite a mezmerising piece of magic, while "Follow every sunset" is positive prog folk in the vein of Martyn, Sandy Denny and others. The title track is beyond description, being such a wonderful piece of vivid soundscapes and beauty. The music also brings forth the feeling of the lonely genius or mad man creating wonders to behold, locked away in the farthes tower in the deepst woods, somewhere in England. That, to me, is also the lure, because the music is so british, giving wings to my fantasy, producing ever more fantastical images. All brought to me by way of this extraordinary album.

"Ship to shore" is, simply put, a masterpiece in dire need of recognition. As it stands today it seems only a few heard of it and fewer still listened to the album. It is a shame. Hopefully my review can remedy some of that. My feelings towards this album are so passionate and as I write I feel frustrated by the lack of words to describe it's glory. I just wish for my ramblings to take hold and persuade you to give this genius and this album a spin. Please do.

GruvanDahlman | 5/5 |


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