Three quite different pieces yet perhaps my most coherent solo guitar "statement" to date. Consolation is a companion album to my side of the House Sitting split (or vice versa), having been recorded during the same ten-day stretch in the loft at my holidaying friends' house. Influences: the colour of damsons, intense darkness and a Kenyan beer named after an elephant who killed a man. 40 copies.
It's just so easy for Martin Phillips, innit? Even after more than 30 years, he's writing the kind of effortless melodies that most songwriters would kill for. So this is just another perfect pop record to add to their discography. This will easily be a top 10 of the year.
Plum Green the singer/songwriter has now become Plum Green the band, and the addition of electric guitars bass & drum allow her to add other wimmin influences like PJ Harvey & Patti Smith to her Kristin Hersh-type acoustic ballads, though her lyrics are all her own. Adding to her intense performances of dark poetry, as in the supporting then subsiding walls of guitar on stand-out "Cannibal" where she sings "I'm a cannibal, but I don't eat my friends", as much to convince herself as her friend. agutterfan