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Home to the Invisible


Artist: Carrie Tree
Label: Wild Cedar Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 17 March 2014

Carrie Tree draws on a range of influences from John Martyn, Nick Drake, The Be Good Tanya's, Iron and Wine, Joni Mitchell, Salif Keita, Oumou Sangare and Ray Lamontagne to bring us her new album, Home to the Invisible...

Carrie Tree's new album, Home to the Invisible is an interesting folk LP that doesn't disappoint. However, you'll either love Tree's trills, or they'll turn you off the music - they can be a little distracting.

The album contains 11 tracks (59 min). For 'Mama Kita',Tree travelled to Durban, South Africa, where she recorded with singers Albert Mazibuko from Ladysmith Black Mambazo (but probably best known to a western audience through Paul Simon’s Graceland album) and Zamo Mbutho from Miriam Makeba's band. The track incorporates from some traditional African instruments like Kora (African harp), Nyatiti, Djembe, Endingidi (traditional Ugandan tube fiddle) as well as cello, fretless bass, bansuri (North Indian flute), guitar and percussion; 'Perfectly Cast' is a more mainstream track; while 'Wild Winds' dips a toe, very tentatively in country territory.

Fans of folk music will find this an interesting addition to the genre.


Nick Smithson

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