ALBUM REVIEW: Social Simon – In A House on a Hill | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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With each listen I become slightly more addicted to the debut solo album from Hope & Social’s Simon Wainwright. Every song within its 36 minutes crackles with vivid colours and textures, articulate and poetic lyrics and unexpected bursts of sound.

Winding clocks, crunching gravel footsteps and snippets of news bulletins weave with fragile whispers, hook-laden melodies (Hey There Sunshine and Undone), charming Northern vowels and vocals so powerful they knock you for six (This Is Where I’m Going To Fall). “Bring a little love and your favourite records” he sings on The King and I – and this is shaping up to be one of them. From his hilltop house, Social Simon’s snapshots of pandemic life have stolen my heart.

 

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