ALBUM REVIEW: Raoul Vignal – Years in Marble | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 18.06.21







Raoul Vignal’s voice – fine and soft as snowflakes – reminds me of French singer Yves Simon; his guitar playing creates a chillingly brittle environment. Everything about this third album is mysteriously rigid. Years In Marble is full of borrowed seasons – every song seems related to a distant, now frozen, source. The wintry atmosphere could be traced back to Nico’s late 1960s records. But the point is elsewhere.

Despite its ghostly tones, this is not a revivalist album. Rather, much like US songwriter Sam Burton, Vignal has just begun to discover his own vision of 1970s folk rock – quick and vivid beneath the snow. Though he still seems guarded and uncertain, his discretely brilliant Moonlight Visit could be an indication of where he is travelling next.


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