A return to the source

Since making their debut on Anvil Records way back in 1999, Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian’s Turin Brakes enjoyed a meteoric rise. Success saw the new acoustic movement fall away in favour of the support of a full band and big name producers. ‘Outbursts’ then is perhaps most notable in its return to something simpler, leaving the stadium far behind in favour of more intimate venues. ‘Sea Change’ is as epic as anything that came later, Knights’ vocal supplemented by a rich seam of orchestration, but much of the material here could have been lifted from those early recordings, where skeletal fret work frames angelic vocals. A return to the source.


Words by Kingsley Marshall

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