Boomkat Product Review:
The Leaf label comes up trumps with this hugely charming debut from the oddly titled A Hawk and a Hacksaw. Imagine, if you will, a cascade of Steve Reichian looped piano segments intermingling with a veritable menagerie of farmyard instruments, accordion, home made percussion, horns, bells and all manner of weird, wonderful and hitherto unkown musical toys. The album has a free-flowing, glowing world-cinema soundtrackish vibe and was recorded over the course of 15 months in the Loire Valley with a variety of guest performers. If you're into Yan Tiersen, Tom Waits, Kurt Weill, Asa-Chang & Junray, Captain Beefheart, Raymond Scott and Carl Stalling, you'll love this heartwarming album dearly.