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The tender results of a dialogue between photographer Nieves Mingueza and musicians Craig Tattersall (The Humble Bee, The Boats) and Offthesky forms their gently bucolic debut album for France’s iikki label.
‘All Other Voices Gone, Only Yours Remains’ is every bit as low-key, hushed, and user-friendly as you might hope for from artist of this genteel calibre. Craig Tattersall brings his sweetly dilapidated palette of piano, guitar, vibes, synths and tape loops to Jason Corder’s vibes and mixing arrangement of sax, viola, cello, flute and voice by his regular instrumentalists, conjuring the feel of last of the organic summer wine drunk slowly by babbling brooks on a bright, sunny day turning into evening.
Melodies trickle and harmonies breeze in a heat hazy way, pollinating sounds that bloom and turn to honey in the space of each of the album’s seven songs. Wistfully poetic titles such as ‘For Her Breath Is On All That Hath Life’ and ‘Bee-Like, Death-Like’ surely signify the project’s themes and feel, conveying a fondness for the natural world that bleeds through the music’s overlapping textures and structures and speaks to its visual stimuli provided by Nieves Mingueza, and her aim to reflect the “foggy relationship between fiction and reality.”