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Boomkat Product Review:
Scottish feller and Fence Collective boss Kenny Anderson has notched up about forty albums to date, so why should we pay attention to this one? Well, frankly because it's a collaboration with Jon Hopkins, the Helios-indebted friend of Eno who's popped up on a whole host of rather good albums over the last few years. Hopkins' greatest recent triumph was the fantastic Monsters OST, and he brings a similar level of brooding calm to Anderson's sincere brand of Celtic folk. Field recordings from Anderson's home town of Fife are blended with tape-recorded electronic rhythms, distant synthesizer and, of course Anderson's guitar to produce an album that sounds truly out of place. This isn't the folk record you might expect it to be - and while guitar, piano and voice are maybe the key elements, the album is given a hazy, cinematic pathos by Hopkins' very careful treatments. The press release is keen to mention that 'Diamond Mine' is a modern answer to Talk Talk's studio masterpiece 'Spirit of Eden', and while I wouldn't go that far, it is still a good point of reference. 'Diamond Mine' is an album of studio smarts rooted in traditional songwriting, and it surprises me how rare it is that collaborations such as this get off the ground. The marriage of the old and the new is a rare and beautiful treat, and should be examined and enjoyed by anyone with a sensitive ear. Recommended.