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Gypsyfingers - Stranger Things (Self Release)
Released on the eve of their winter tour, producer Luke Oldfield (Mike's son) and songwriter Victoria Coghlan, otherwise collectively known as Gypsyfingers, create an almost otherworldly soundscape, rich in both melody and lyrical content alike, and - let's not beat about the bush here - highly listenable tunes. It's folk/pop at its most accessible, created in the rather impressive setting of Tilehouse Studios, built for Mr Oldfield Snr. complete with vintage equipment and analogue tape machines; a playground for sound if ever there was one.
Whilst Hey Maria, the first single release from this, their second album, demonstrates Gypsyfingers' credentials as first rate songsmiths, it's with such songs as the album opener Half World, the spirited Quit the Game and the title track Stranger Things, that Mike's influence is most evident, especially in Luke's fluid guitar solos, reminiscent of Moonlight Shadow (for instance), rather than anything tubular or bell-like. We're reminded here that having music in the blood ain't no crime, in fact it's a veritable quality.