Richard Hawley - Standing At The Sky's Edge

An unconventional masterpiece
Richard Hawley - Standing At The Sky's Edge
After the spacious soundscapes of 2009’s ‘Truelove’s Gutter’, the Sheffield-drenched psychedelia found here may surprise but, thirty years from now, crate diggers of the world will seize upon this album in rapture. ‘She Brings The Sunlight’ is a stellar statement of intent, slowly building to a euphoric squall of droning guitars and sugary harmonies, while ‘Down In The Woods’ buries an echoey vocal at the heart of a bluesy rattle. Even when ‘Don’t Stare At The Sun’ initially evokes memories of tunes gone by, upon reaching the three-minute mark it soars in muscular fashion, the easy emotive colouring of strings left untouched. An unconventional masterpiece.

9/10

Words by Gareth James

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