The Unthanks with Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band
No diversion needed here with this beautiful and courageous album. I am not going to fall into the trap of overusing words like ethereal and eerie.], except to say that this album is both. But put more simply it is intelligent, tender, sensitive, well thought out and well worth a listen. Folk and brass band music? Sounds strange doesn't it, but why? Why should it be? They are about as close as you can get, both born out of community based music, story tellers, evokers of thought and feeling. I guess that there are some obvious stand out tracks on here, but for me they all work in the same way. As the singing stops and the music pauses does the brass come in like a maternal cuddle or an old memory, mixed with happiness, and always tinged with a sadness that only brass in unison like this can bring. Farewell Regality, hello a new musical genre that works just beautifully for me.