Thursday, March 27, 2008

Saddleback - Night Maps

Saddleback - Night Maps (Inertia)

Not so long ago, I heard slow-motion instrumental playing on FBi which blew me away. It remains the only time I've had to phone up the station and get them to identify the track. It turned out to be from Night Maps, the new album by Saddleback, an Australian musician responsible for the haunting Everything's A Love Letter (which had been recommended by TG). As for which track it was: I forget.

Not that it matters, because every song is of part of the same marvellously expressive atlas of creaking strings, airy woodwind and rusting beats. It's like a forgotten piece of sepia Postgate cranking itself into life, a clockwork orchestra playing by memory. Gorgeous.

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