‘Findings’ by Ange Hardy and Lukas Drinkwater - destined to become a classic pairing(October 20, 2016)
It’s an undeniable fact, certain things simply belong together. There may be a ‘traditional’ connection: bacon and eggs, cheese and onion, sausage and mash; they may be confined to those of particular taste: kippers and custard, mussels and cream, jam and peanut butter. Whatever combination floats your boat, it’s a fair bet that through ‘Findings’ Ange Hardy and Lukas Drinkwater are destined to become a classic pairing to enchant the most discerning of tastes.
With its theme of joining together, ‘Findings’ couples the talents of two outstanding musicians. Tradition is woven with originality into a tapestry of delectable music that pulls you into its all-absorbing embrace. Songs of subtlety and delicacy demand attention, to utter a word will break the spell of gently crafted sensitivity as two complementary voices bring out the essence of the narratives. Listening to the revealations in ‘The Call/ Daughters of Watchet/ Caturn’s Night’, the sorrowful ‘The Trees They Do Grow High’ or the personal intensity of ‘My Grandfaters/ Bearded ted of Raddington’ takes you so close to the artists you can feel their breath. There’s classic narrative with their interpretation of ‘The Berkshire Tragedy’ and piercing truth through ‘Invisible Child’, while the closing songs ‘The Parting Glass’ and ‘Fall Away’ touch the heart.
Those experienced in encountering Ange Hardy’s albums will know there’s usually a wealth of information about the songs, their origins and associated narratives and this is no exception. From explaining the album’s title to detailing the background to each song. In artisan terms ‘findings’ join jewellery components - clasps, pins, wires - they function to make a completed item. Which leads Ange and Lukas describe ‘Findings’ as: “... an album about daughters and their homelands, wives and their husbands, sisters and their brothers, children and their parents, fathers and their grandfathers, parting and joining, mothers and their families”.
Couldn't put it any better myself ... what I can say is buy and listen there will be no disappointment, in fact quite the reverse.
Review: Tim Carroll