ALBUM REVIEW: Siobhan Wilson – The Departure | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Suffering Fools Records

Released: 10.05.19






Having dabbled with folk and neo-classical tropes during previous ruminations, this sophomore effort sees Edinburgh’s Siobhan Wilson strive for a decidedly darker tone. Dense beds of distortion seem a suitably claustrophobic companion to Marry Me and All Dressed Up Tonight’s themes of autonomy and societal pressure, so it’s a shame that sheer compression more often than not works to their detriment.

Elsewhere, a guest vocal from Honeyblood’s Stina Tweeddale mingles awkwardly with Wilson’s more tender delivery – yet for all The Departure’s questionable arrangements its maker’s gifts remain palpable. A relic from her years spent in Paris, a closing rendition of Barbara’s Dis, Quand Reviendras-Tu proves a stark, spellbinding delight – and evidence perhaps of Wilson’s true forte lying in minimalism.


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