Malpas: Rain River Sea

Rain, River, Sea: Malpas

This isn’t out until 27th July but we’re plugging it now so you can get head of the curve and find them early.
The opener is Under Her Sails, a song we’ve had on repeat for some time. It’s a gentle, quirky electronic track that’s crisp and appealing mix of folk and ambient electronica that’s somewhere between Tunng and Psapp, as well as Alphabetical era Phoenix. This is pretty well true of the album: half of Malpas (who are Ali Forbes and producer Andy Savours) has worked with Sigur Ros and it’s got something of the Icelanders’ other-worldliness about it.
We were a little worried when this was the first track, in case it was a case of getting the best in first; it is the best song on the album but the rest is still good, maybe just not AS good.
And other songs develop after repeated plays: Sea Decide leans more towards the folk side, and also good is Promise, while The Green Light has a hint of Madchester in the rhythm. Other tracks, like Spiders are more electronic (that one’s a bit Gotye). Charlemagne is the folkiest on the album, an electronic take on Seth Lakeman.
If there is a common theme, apart from the gentle falsetto vocals, it’s the delicate intricacy of the arrangement. A rather lovely album.

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Weekly newspaper editor in Cheshire, England. I blog my editorials and the CDs I write about. I play drums, drink coffee, play music, meditate. I hate filling in forms.

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