25 gennaio 2021

 

Giusto in tempo per festeggiare il suo ottantesimo compleanno esce Cats of Coven Lawn, nuovo album di Frankie Armstrong, con cari amici e ammiratori tutt'intorno. Auguri!

The album was recorded over a couple of weekends in Brighton with critically acclaimed producer Tom Pryor, and consists of mainly live takes with minimal overdubs - creating a warm lo-fi, almost anti-folk aesthetic. This is a brave record sonically - traditional on one track, then verging towards outsider art on the next. It's bare-boned with eerie harmonies, raw unapologetic vocals, minimal instrumentation, and at times startling acapella performances. The song selection is daring and incredibly varied - traditional songs (Lizzy Wan, Willow Song), songs written by her friends (Dead Funny, Marcy's Guest House), and songs that demonstrate Frankie's longstanding commitment to social and political issues (Where I Live on the Map, Song of Strength, We Are Women, Bread and Roses).

This album strives to represent the many intriguing facets of one of the UK's most important folk singers. Frankie is joined by her friends throughout the record, lending vocals, writing and instrumentation. Guest performances come from Martin Simpson, Bird in the Belly, Brian Pearson, and Bread and Roses. The warm lo-fi aesthetic, combined with the group performances from Frankie's friends creates an intimate, charming album - an album akin to sitting around the dinner table with Frankie and her friends and reliving her memories through song.