TIP OF THE TONGUE 26 OCTOBER 2014
Red Alphabet In The Snow
Preserved Sound No Cat
Massive new studio album from Richard Youngs in an edition of only 250 copies: recorded during a visit to Krakow, Poland, Red Alphabet... is a lush, widescreen, hi-fi rendering of Richard’s extended baroque ‘Church Of England’ folk that touches on avatars like Nic Jones, Anthems In Eden, Yes and Nick Drake while cutting up with gloriously bent avant gardisms and an atmosphere that is somewhere between the beautiful acoustic poetry of New Angloid Sound, Sapphie and early Ilk. Using acoustic guitar, banjo, cifteli, classical guitar, bass guitar, electric lead guitar, electric violin, epinette des vosges, shakers, sitar, swanee whistle, tambourine, triangle, 12 string guitar, ukulele and vocals, Richard creates a series of long movements that feel like some of his most overarchingly ambitious and all-out Albion gorgeous work, with peaking wordless vocals pushing the instrumentals to new zones of delicate/cosmic abandon while the second piece almost feels like an acoustic mass rendering of the ecstatic music of Festival, with tumbling acoustic guitars and a feel of hallucinatory, heavenly bells and levitating folk-tronics. A major long-form statement from Richard, disarmingly beautiful and somehow bringing a buncha disparate trails from his back catalogue together in a long, suite based and lush compositional style. Comes in classy re-cycled card sleeves with insert, hand-stamped and numbered. Very highly recommended.