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Carrie Tree - Home to the Invisible (Wild Cedar Records)

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For Carrie Tree's second album, the Brighton-based singer/songwriter travels to the continent of Africa in search of the rhythms previously investigated by the likes of Paul Simon and Damon Albarn in order to assist her with her search for highly emotive artistic expression. For these South Africa sessions Carrie is joined by Albert Mazibuko, one of the original Ladysmith Black Mambazo singers and Zamo Mbutho (from Miriam Makeba’s band), who between them bring a distinctive world roots feel, along with the inclusion of such instrumental flavouring from the kora, gimbri, mbira and endingini, effectively making both Mama Kita and Thousand Days stand out tracks along with one or two others. 

Reminiscent at times of Martha Tilston, especially on Wild Winds, Carrie's voice, as delicate as gossamer, flitters above some extraordinary arrangements throughout, not least on a pretty faithful interpretation of Portishead's Glory Box, which indicates possibly where Carrie Tree's influences lie. Despite her intimate relationship with an acoustic guitar, Carrie is unafraid to experiment with sonic trinkets, some of which are applied perfectly well here.    

Allan Wilkinson
Northern Sky