Boomkat Product Review:
I have to admit I've been dreading this review all day, how do I do justice to a record like this, a record so pure and so beautiful? Often it's easy to put your thoughts on an album into words, but 'Sapphie' is such a personal album, and it does what so many of the best albums do to you, it makes you feel like you're the only one that understands it. Richard Youngs has a huge back catalogue now, but for me this is the shining gem - it was originally released on cd in 1997, and now JagJaguwar have seen fit to re-issue it on vinyl finally and let me tell you we're ecstatic here at Boomkat HQ. The record is made up of three lengthy tracks, but unlike so many long works they never feel fatty or overdone, not even overwrought, they sound like they have to be long, and as each song ends you feel like you are coming to the ominous close of a powerful relationship in the way that they manage to take hold of your senses and belch you out the other end, battered and bruised. Beginning on the lost, lonely beauty of 'Soon it will be Fire' we're off to a stunning start - this is the kind of music that doomed lovers would send to each other in their final breaths, the sort of track that you might play as the world finally came to an end, and as Youngs' voice cracks over the simple guitar melodies he sounds totally alone and totally unique. There is obviously a link between Youngs' warbling and the folk revivalists of the 70s, but here he distances himself from life itself, and by the time you get to the album's centerpiece, the side-long 'The Graze of Days' it's impossible not to be endeared by his vision. I could go on about this all day, that's how damn passionate I am about this recording but I won't, I want you to listen to the samples and just buy it - trust me you won't be disappointed. Heartbreaking, devastating and utterly essential!