‘Far Off on the Horizon’ from Winter Wilson - levels of tenderness easy to understand(January 16, 2018)
There were incredibly positive possibilities from ‘Milestones’ and ‘Cutting Free’, then with the next album ‘Ashes and Dust’ this duo lived up to all the expectations ... now with ‘Far Off on the Horizon’ they prove the fulfilment of the promise. Winter Wilson have walked a somewhat rocky road to get where they are today. Their acceptance of life’s vagaries and equally pragmatic determination to ‘just get on with it’ comes through in their understanding of how to write and communicate songs reflecting the capriciousness of life.
‘Far off on the Horizon’ is indisputably English folk but this duo are quite capable of slicing and dicing influences to augment their music. The themes range freely across their sources of inspiration ... loss, treachery, resisting bigotry, migration, young love, parents and growing older. There’s a precious intimacy in these self-penned songs, familiarity and levels of tenderness to make their messages easy to understand and relate so well. The palpable warmth between Kip Winter and Dave Wilson permeates every facet of the music ... instrumentation precise, lyrics piercing, harmonies intuitive ... the package perfect.
The album opener ‘Far Off on the Horizon’ touches immediately, and then ‘I Cannot Remain’ cuts its poignant message inside your mind, before the incredible intensity of ‘Ghost’ touches your heart. There’s revealing truth in ‘Tried and Tested’, perceptive recognition and identification in ‘The Old Man Was a Sea Dog’, and sympathetic compassion through ‘St Peter’s Gate’.
‘Far Off on the Horizon’ is an album of imagination and empathy, and supreme sensitivity.
Review: Tim Carroll