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North Sea Radio Orchestra - I a Moon

North Sea Radio Orchestra’s ‘I a Moon’ could best be described as, an indie orchestral choral album. It really has significant charm and is reminiscent of Joanna Newsome, Juliana Barwick and The Leisure Society in style of music. 

North Sea Radio Orchestra is actually an ever expanding or reducing ensemble led by Craig and Sharron Fortnam. Two previous albums which used poetry by the likes of Chaucer, Hardy and Tennyson came before ‘I a Moon’ but, this time around, it’s original lyrics with delightfully sweet musical interludes throughout.

 

‘Morpheus Miracle Worker’ the album opener, is a lush string accompanied song with added ethereal layered, (Bjork esqe) vocals from Sharon.

 

The tile track next up has simple instrumentation, which compliments the vocals superbly. A ‘Prog’ style Mellotron (?) is much in evidence.

 

The album has many musical interludes Guitar Miniature #3 does ‘what it says on the tin’.

Heavy Weather is a seven minute duet with heart rending strings and there are again (unintentional?) prog influences that spring to mind, Yes, Gabriel era Genesis and Caravan perhaps.

 

The Earth Beneath Our Feet’ has a PJ Harvey feel and again with strings to melt your heart. The album concludes by alternating between vocal and instrumental tracks.

 

It is a lovely album and would drift pleasantly into the ears of many people

 

8/10

Pete 

 

  Songs:

 

1. MORPHEUS MIRACLE MAKER

2. I A MOON

3. GUITAR MINATURE NO 3

4. HEAVY WEATHER

5. BERLINER LUFT

6. MORPHEUS DRONE

7. THE EARTH BENEATH OUR FEET

8. RING MOONLETS

9. WHEN THINGS FALL APART

10. MITTE DER WELT

 

North Sea Radio Orchestra's 3rd album 'I a moon' is out now on 'The Household Mark label. (THM001).

 

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 Dates:

Sat 20 Aug Green Man Festival

Sun 02 Oct St. Clements Church, Old Romney

Wed 12 Oct Komedia, Brighton.

Craig Fortnam als has a side project called Arch Garrison, the live lineup of which also featured Sharron Fortnam and James Larcombe. (The project's debut album was released on Double Six/Domino Records in February 2010.)

 

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