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Iain Morrison - To The Horizon, Sir (Proper)

Star rating: 
3

Fresh from his appearance on the fifth series of the Transatlantic Sessions, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Iain Morrison returns with his latest release TO THE HORIZON, SIR, the fourth album on his own label, which once again reveals a musician endowed with a clear sense of atmosphere, or how to create one at least. Bleak in places, the ten original songs have a brooding quality suitable for listeners who like the lights dimmed and the chair reclined. The Glasgow-based former member of indie band Crash My Model Car, speeds up the tempo infrequently, which provides the listener with a sense of gentle tranquillity. My Calm could in fact sum up the album.   

Produced by Michael Chorney, the musician and arranger responsible for orchestrating Anais Mitchell's superb Hadestown folk opera, who accompanied Mitchell on her recent UK tour, invited Morrison to his home studio in the hills of Vermont to put down some the songs here, with the help of Geza Carr on drums and Robinson Morse on double bass. Returning to Scotland, Morrison completed the album with long-time collaborator Pete Harvey on cello.

Allan Wilkinson
Northern Sky