ALBUM REVIEW: Alabaster DePlume – Come With Fierce Grace | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 08.09.23






Following the release of last year’s critically acclaimed double LP GOLD, Alabaster DePlume’s new LP carries many of the similarities of his increasingly magically refined sound, but with a wider scope for collaboration and exploring embryonic sketches that DePlume had developed over the course of his previous releases.

The album is comprised largely of instrumentals, which retain DePlume’s bucolic sense of beauty and whimsy, composes and produced with a sense of intimacy and spontaneity. Memorable guest vocals are contributed by Donna Thompson and Falle Nioke, contributing beautifully to the patchwork quality of the album.

It isn’t particularly refined, and some songs exist in fairly ephemeral spaces, but over it’s twelve tracks Come With Fierce Grace represents a sensitive artist operating at his most authentic and at his most inclusive of the ideas of others. It the purest sense it is art for art’s sake from someone with a keen ear and sense for beauty in the most unselfconscious sense, which is in and of itself justification for this slightly embryonic record.


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