Blimey, this is just a bit good! If you asked me up front whether I’d like an album built on fiddle, accordion, harp, piano and vocals my immediate reaction would have been to pass over it as being a bit too ‘trad folk’. But this album from Glasgow based CherryGrove completely took me by surprise.
Yeah it’s a mix of instrumentals and songs with lyrics, and yeah there’s a massive folk/gaelic vibe all the way through it…and whilst there’s particularly nothing wrong with that this is a folk album that manages to be…well, extremely cool!
The opening track is built around this loop that sounds like a 90’s dance anthem and then breaks off into some storming fiddle playing…’Ain’t No Grave’ sounds like something that with a little tweaking could chart, then you’re off into another simple but awesome instrumental….in fact the instrumentals on this album are perhaps my favourite thing about it (particularly like ‘The Prize’). ‘Home on My Mind’ is a class little ballad.
Maybe I’m softening to more traditional sounds…but then again, maybe it’s that these five young people have managed to create something that’s extremely clever and contemporary whilst still resonating with a beautiful authenticity.
Very, very good. Watch out for these at a festival near you…