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alexander tucker - Old Fog
Last seen as part of Stephen O'Malley's Ginnungagap super group (see Southern's 'Latitudes' series), Alexander Tucker seems to base his solo work on a wobbly foundation of English folk, intimate Americana and (I shudder to say it...) world music. On the surface that may seem a contradictory set of musical fields from which to draw a cohesive musical statement, but deep within the bowels of 'Old Fog' there is a keen musical mind a lurking. Ranging in tone from the honky-tonk plucked banjo and classic folk vocals of the title track, through to the wheezing accordion and blissfully decadent piano of 'Alahaff Music', Tucker is self-assured in a manner which belligerently drags you along whether you're willing or not. As such, the oriental shade given to 'Of Late' might normally have caused me to balk; but not here, whilst the self explanatory 'Welsh Harp' could readily have descended into clockwork whimsy were it not for Tucker's calming influence. The kind of fog you won't mind getting lost in....a beautiful listen.