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A Modern Way

Released: 21.05.21

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whilst Roddy Woomble’s folk-oriented solo albums may have alienated some Idlewild fans, this collection of ambient tales of human connection – and the lack of – may just alienate some of those folksy fans. The Scotsman has never sounded more at ease, however. From the atmospheric widescreen refrain of opener Return To Disappear, through to the mellow lullaby that is the title track, and even the sinister seedy groove that is Secret Show.

If you hop aboard Roddy’s journey of self-discovery, it’s a fun ride. The spoken word lockdown meditation of Atlantic Photography and the more straight-ahead acoustic reflections like …It’s Late mean the highlights outweigh the occasionally annoying experimental oddities like As If It Did Not Happen. Knowing, unflinching. Woombling free.

 

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