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Boomkat Product Review:
This full-length return from Nicholas Palmer' Directorsound begins with the lapping sounds of waves against a beach, played out as a natural rhythmic accompaniment to slippery Hawaiian guitars and kind of ornate chamber pop whimsy that permeates the entirety of 'Somewhen By The Sea / Balance The Balloon'. After this, Palmer seems to relocate from his beachside situ to the end of a pier somewhere, ploughing through the quirky and occasionally bedraggled multi-instrumental excursion 'Sirens In August/ My Shaggy Parasol / When The Sun Sets Over The Yard Arm'. Completing a triumvirate of segmented opening tracks, 'Before The March / Strawberries And Steam' shambles and waltzes through the kind of sounds you'd expect to encounter at a village fete, emanating from an all-but disused bandstand. From here onwards this strange but always captivating album tackles shorter pieces that aren't quite so digressive in nature, yet throughout, this long-dormant Dorset based musician (the first Directorsound material came out via Geographic/Domino in 2003) forges a singular creative path - from a huge instrumental arsenal - that's by turns celebratory and nostalgic.