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Skulk

Jim Moray

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Customer Reviews

Another outstanding album

An exciting and innovative artist on top form again with his latest album. Highlights for me include the rousing and lively versions of 'Hind Etin' and 'Big Love', an amazing cover of the Fleetwood Mac song, plus an achingly beautiful rendition of Anais Mitchell's 'If It's True'. 'Horkstow Grange' is a work of art with its vocal effects. All round, another wonderful record from the ever-delightful Jim Moray.

Yet Another Masterpiece

Yet again, Jim Moray has delivered an outstanding piece of work and continues to consolidate his hold on the ‘new folk’ scene.

‘Skulk’ follows on in many ways from 2009’s ‘In Modern History’, but has a more ‘traditional’ feel to it, fewer electric guitars, more introspective and acoustic that won't have the die-hard folkies running for the hills.

With two songs in particular – ‘Lord Douglas’ and ‘Hind Etin’, he’s pieced together different fragments from traditional sources to create cohesive narratives with exciting stories and lovely melodies and arrangements.

His version of ‘If It’s True’, from Anaïs Mitchell’s folk opera, ‘Hadestown’ (another excellent album) is poignant and suits his voice to perfection.

However, the stand out track for me, and quite possibly his most impressive song to date, in respect of the melodies and arrangements, is ‘Seven Long Years’, a so-called “nightvisting” song. Here, he really ramps up the emotions with soaring orchestral strings that build to an stunning climax that breaks your heart. If it has one fault, it's that it's only 5 minutes long - I could listen to the arrangements for hours. Even if you buy only one song this year, make it this one, you won’t regret it.

There’s talk of an electric version of the album in the pipeline – personally I can’t wait.

Biography

Born: Macclesfield, Cheshire, England

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s

Few Brit folk artists have caused such a stir as Jim Moray. His debut album, 2003's Sweet England, polarized opinion in dramatic fashion. Old traditionalists were dismissive of the computer-generated sounds employed on his daringly adventurous arrangements of old ballads featuring beats and tape loops, influenced as much by Massive Attack and Radiohead as the old trad singers. More, however, saw it as the most innovative and exciting development for British folk music in years, and at least one reviewer...
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