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Burnt Moth


Artist: James McArthur and the Head Gardeners
Label: Moorland Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 20 January 2017

Welsh-born folk singer/songwriter James McArthur releases his second album, Burnt Moth, through Moorland Records.

An interesting and timeless LP, McArthur's vocals take us on a journey through the various folk scenes of the past, while offering a contemporary feel to the recordings. You'll find it hard not to get caught up in the hazy, lazy feel of 'Glitch Kids' or the hypnotic closer 'Burnt Moth'.

This is easily more accessible than his previous album, Strange Readings from the Weather Station. Personally, I wasn't a huge fan of that release as it tended to lean on a few too many folk cliches. This time around McArthur comes in softer and a lot subtler and leans a little, in places, towards a slow country vibe.

The album contains 10 songs (38 min, 01 sec).


Nick Smithson