Naubinway – Adam Levy (reviewed by Thomas Haynes)

This is AdA16AX32QBGL._SX355_am Levy’s first solo album away from his band The Honey Dogs. For the most part, the album is a stripped back, folky affair with some subtle country elements. The songs are mid-tempo with Levy’s impressive finger picking style prominent and his soft vocals standing above the mix of acoustic guitars. However, this album is more than just folky guitars.

 

The stand out tracks for me are ‘Eucastrophe’ which features more production values than some of the other tracks, with its broken fairy tale-like ambient intro reminiscent of Sparklehorse and ‘Atoms never die’ features some nice ambient synthesisers (and what a brilliant lyric). ‘Potter’s Field’ is also a great track with a nice head bopping country beat.

 

The lyrics are complex and influenced by a very difficult time in Levy’s life: The loss of his son. His son’s striking macabra artwork is presented on the record sleeve and accompanying booklet. Knowledge of this event makes this album a very emotional listen. The album’s title is taken from the sombre closing song ‘Naubinway’. This album serves as a brilliant eulogy to Levy’s son and above all else his son’s artwork stands prouder than the music, which in this case, is the way it should be.

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About Grasslands

Tom Haynes is based in Swindon, Wiltshire (UK) and works in Newbury (Berkshire). Tom is a full-time professional ecologist (wildlife surveyor and researcher) and Managing Director of a nature conservation consultancy. He has spent the past few years surveying the UK coastline while also being involved in various other wildlife projects across the UK and Europe. In his spare time Tom records music as 'Grasslands' and as part of the electronic band 'No Side Effects' and cinematic folk duo 'GrassGoblin'. Tom is also a fiction writer and is a member of various writing groups. In addition Tom is a keen model maker and builds models and commissions as GrasslandsModels Websites: Grasslands Music: www.GrasslandsMusic.wordpress.com No Side Effects Music: www.NoSideEffectsMusic.com GrassGoblin: www.facebook.com/grassgoblin NatureBureau: http://www.naturebureau.co.uk Grasslands Models: www.GrasslandsModels.wordpress.com
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One Response to Naubinway – Adam Levy (reviewed by Thomas Haynes)

  1. Grasslands says:

    Reblogged this on Grasslands Music and commented:

    Here is my review of Adam Levy’s emotional new album

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