This is the remastered release of an album that Edinburgh musician Stephen Harrison put out last year. This is the first I have heard it or anything from Stephen Harrison, and it may be my loss for doing so. Although Harrison goes all the way back to the earliest post-punk era of 1979 in a band called Metropak, he has had a rather sporadic career until the last decade or so. His is a rich voice that is almost spoken ala Leonard Cohen and uses some lovely repetitive guitar patterns to set up his song stories. There are some strings and horns that broaden the horizons of the songs and plenty of reverb in the voice to create even more space. Even with those add-ins, I would preferred a bit more variety, even at the risk of losing the meditative qualities of this style. Whatever your opinion, it is pretty hard to deny this is a highly individual work that had me attentive from first note to last.
© David Hintz
Written by David Hintz and published in Folk World, November 2013. To read at source click here