ALBUM REVIEW: Alison Cotton – The Portrait You Painted Of Me | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Rocket Recordings

Released: 20.05.22






Alison Cotton works in a loosely similar field to artists like Laura Cannell, Hawthonn and David Terry, taking the starkness and exploration of drone and minimalism into what is very loosely folk music. Her Rocket debut expands on the sound of her earlier releases – haunting, often wordless vocals accompanied primarily by her viola – creating music that is rich in texture and mood and a sense of place (for most of these tracks, her native North East). 

Violet May is the most conventional piece here, and is an absolute heartbreaker, her voice ringing clear and sad over mournful, unsettling strings. Cotton’s marriage of folk tradition and deep listening – Shirley Collins meets Pauline Oliveros, say – is unique and powerful and growing in richness and confidence with each new release.


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