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MARTIN CALLINGHAM – Knots

| On 23, Feb 2015

‘Knots’ is a new solo release from indie musician Martin Callingham of Joyce the Librarian. This song is part of an album, Tonight, We All Swim Free, which sees a new direction for the singer songwriter.

Just imagine: chilled guitar inflections, gently stirring motion with soft percussion, finely tailored but simple vocal harmonies and warming tonal registers from cellos and mellow brass. This is what this song creates, a clear impression within the folk music spectrum with lyrical vocal tones and poetic lyrics combined with sensitive acoustic accompaniments.

Nevertheless, I feel that Knots also clings on to the stable musical identity of indie music. Somehow, the softly flowing hi-hat and snare rhythms combined with the interlocking sound of both acoustic and electric guitars maintains hold on Callingham’s musical identity. Although, combine this with delicate counter melodies sung by an elegant cello, then we reach a new quality.

There is a distinct element of chamber music with the arrangement of the brass and strings singing together subtle phrases releasing tension, reaffirming the song’s reflective manner. Even lovelier is the inclusion of an encapsulating video of interpretative dance, summarising the idea that this song is thought-provoking and personal for every individual who has the pleasure to listen to it.

Maddy Sutton

Review Overview

Maddy Sutton
8

Very Good

Chilled guitar inflections, gently stirring motion with soft percussion, finely tailored but simple vocal harmonies and warming tonal registers from cellos and mellow brass.