M G Boulter — „Clifftown“ (April 23rd, 2021)

UK FLAG                                                                                  M G Boulter — „Clifftown“ (April 23rd, 2021)
♣♠  Toto je perla. Mnoho jemných vrstev přístrojového vybavení se navzájem bezvadně obklopuje. Album si zaslouží být slyšeno široko daleko.
♣♠  MG Boulter je jméno dobře známé mezi několika vybranými, odvážnými umělci stylu Brit Americana. V této sadě písní se vznáší ochranná známka jako éterický hlas a měkoulinká aranžmá. Paul Simon~esque? Snad, což není pouze výraz/slovo..., je to terminus technikus, který se vám vybaví. „Clifftown“ je jeho příběh postavený na mixu požehnání, vyrůstajícím v anglickém přímořském městě (Klenot z města Essex — Southend — v případě MG Boultera).
Location: Southend, Essex, UK
Album release: April 23rd, 2021
Record Label: Hudson Records
Duration:     42:00
01. Midnight Movies   4:22
02. Soft White Belly   3:06
03. Clifftown   3:44
04. Nights at the Aquarium   2:54
05. The Author of All Things, She Speaks   2:51
06. Icy Paw   2:47
07. Slow Decline   3:57
08. Fan of the Band   3:04
09. Simon of Sudbury   4:10
10. Night Worker   2:55
11. Remnants   4:07
12. Pilate   4:03
℗ Hudson RecordsM G BOULTER 31 03 2015
♠  Producer: Andy Bell
♠  Composer: Matthew Grahame Boulter
Mark Nenadic ⌊May 4, 2021⌋ Score: 9/10  ♦♣♠♥
⊗  MG Boulter is a name well known amongst the select few, plucky Brit Americana artists. A trademark light as air voice and marshmallow~soft arrangements float through this suite of songs. Paul Simon~esque, which isn’t a word, is a word that springs to mind. Clifftown is his story, constructed around the mixed blessing that is growing up in an English seaside town (Essex’s jewel — Southend — in MG Boulter’s case).
⊗  Boulter’s songs are exquisitely arranged. Lyrically they are poised and insightful, weaving the minutiae of everyday living into poetic verse, in the manner our finest folksy Americana artists excel in. So, don’t go expecting any bombast from Boulter. Though even those who like their roots music punchy and powerful would have to concede that this record is a thing of rare beauty.
⊗  Opening up with ‘Midnight Movies’, all fingerpicked guitar and celestial echo, Boulter lays out his needle~sharp detailed scenes expertly. ‘Soft White Belly’ has a full band in tow, but it’s a gentle ‘rock out’, with synthy theremin~esque sounds for an instrumental break. ‘Clifftown’, the title song, is pinpoint in its depiction of the inevitable exodus to the city, escaping the limited prospects of the small seaside town, or any small town, that is typical of Boulter’s generation.
⊗  Elsewhere ‘The Slow Decline’, with banjo and slide guitar, talks of the ones who stayed behind in ‘Clifftown’ and struggled to make things work for them. ‘Nightwork’ is anthemic in its portrayal of the good and bad of the after~hours lives in town. The mournful country fiddle and piano chords carry the woozy nocturnal waltz. ‘Pilate’ (of suburbia) closes the record, where Boulter sings of peace and reconciliation, acceptance of the seaside town life and (inevitably) the loss of love. Soundtracked with layered wobbly keys and that trademark finger picked acoustic.
Label: https://hudsonrecords.co.uk/product/m-g-boulter-clifftown 
WEB: http://www.mgboulter.co.uk/
TW: https://twitter.com/mgboulter
FB: https://www.facebook.com/MGBoulter/
INSTA: https://www.instagram.com/mgboultermusic/
BC: https://mgboulter.bandcamp.com/album/clifftown