‘Little Glass Box’ from Fraser Anderson “… an intimacy that’s wholly apparent”(November 05, 2014)
There’s no way to mistake the music of Fraser Anderson, guitar, voice, lyrics. On the album ‘Little Glass Box’ they combine to delve into tales that encapsulate so much of the human condition – sharing, corrupt, loving and hopeful. Look into this box and you’ll discover freely structured folk sitting closely beside languid blues, deeply soulful jazz close by the side of picturesque poetry. There’s an ephemeral feel to this music, reach out to touch it and it will fade, classify it and you’ll lose its essence, so fragile it exists only because a master has brought it to life. This feels both elemental and transient, deeply needed but always close to fading away.
From the start, the intimacy of Anderson’s music is wholly apparent, the singular intentions of ‘Rag & Bones’ with gentle strings and tender wondering, through the sorrowing narrative of ‘Never Know’ to the mellow understanding of‘Warhorse’ there’s a sympathy with song and subject that’s unique. These songs are all precise instruments, Anderson’s lyrics examine life close-up, taking in the minutiae with fine examination, as layered music holds you close while words warp around you. Scrutinising more than heavy blows, instead lightly inflicted bruises, not savage cuts but slices that hurt as much, listen to the expression in‘Photograph’ or the honesty of ‘Open Sky’ and you’ll understand.
There’s a delicate level of empathy that comes through all Anderson’s work, yet the vulnerability of ‘Little Glass Box’ holds its own strength. To release these thoughts, words and music into a harsh uncaring world demands a certain inner resilience. Fraser Anderson exposes his soul through his work and that shows the potency of the man and his music.
Reviewer: Tim Carroll