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Blueflint - Stories From Home (Johnny Rock Records)

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Leith-based Deborah Arnott and Clare Neilson, otherwise known as Blueflint, release their third album a good four years after their last MAUDY TREE, which followed their 2009 debut HIGH BRIGHT MORNING. Once again it's the duo's close harmonies and sense of melody that bring these self-penned songs to life, along with the fine accompaniment from a small bunch of choice musicians. Maintaining their distinctively Scots accents throughout, not unlike the Reid brothers, whom the duo supported during The Proclaimers six week tour in 2012, Deborah and Clare keep it real both in terms of their delivery and in the intelligent stories they tell in the songs they write. The grim photographs that illustrate the sleeve, depicting the brutalist architecture of the Banana Flats and tired and graffiti-tarnished inner city metropolis of the Kirkgate indicate that the sun doesn't always shine on Leith, yet the songs can be uplifting, especially on This is a Story, Patch of Green and Little Stranger, each of which bring their own little ray of sunshine. 

Allan Wilkinson
Northern Sky

Airplay: I Could Have Done More For You (Show 368/22.03.15)
Airplay: Little Stranger (Show 370/05.04.15)
Release Date: 30.03.15
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