Boomkat Product Review:
With nothing more than a bag of ear-achingly sweet melodies for sustenance, Sheffield lad Duncan Sumpner set out in search of the fabled Hunters Bar musical spring which, going on his debut LP, he seems to have found. Based around gorgeous homespun compositions that seem to flicker in and out of being like a draft tickled candle, 'Songs of Green Pheasant' are diffused without lacking focus, tender without losing their bite and bloody irresistible on first listen without losing their charm later down the line. Opening with 'I Am Daylights' (whose opening melody is lifted straight from the BBC'S Restoration show), Sumpner reveals a wandering predilection with label mates Aoki Takamasa & Tujko Noriko (in spirit rather than sound) that is as ethereal as a spiders web yet as solid as a rock. Moving on, 'Nightfall' is a far more varied beast, with Sumpner's vocals sounding not unlike Damon Albarn over a Shellac-tooled mob of acoustica that builds to a distortion ripped finale... Woo-haa! Elsewhere, 'Hey Hey Wilderness' recalls a muted Adem, 'Soldiers Kill Their Sisters' crossbreeds Hood and Sigur Ros, whilst 'From Here to Somewhere' takes a Wickerman meander through plucked acoustica and hiss drowned landscapes. Lovely.