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Part Timer - Real to Reel (Full Album Preview)

Lost Tribe Sound on November 03, 2010 15:54

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    The music of Part Timer has a rare kind of stillness and beauty, an ambient
    pastoral folk that evokes sunshine glistening through dew on a cold winters
    morning. His music is the antidote to bluster, an opportunity to step away from
    the noise and freneticism of daily life and sink into a world of stately simplicity. It
    moves along like a gentle exhale of breath, a lush, sublime, shimmering beauty,
    evolving slowly, the gentle strumming of guitar, low organ drones, melodica,
    glockenspiel, ukulele or tin whistles, allowing together like a hushed whisper
    designed solely for your ears. Then there's these understated electronic flourishes
    that skitter around the edges, an earthy organic form of digitalia that
    occasionally provides a certain textural density to the tunes, like a frequency
    beamed in from afar.

    Part Timer is the alias of John McCaffrey, a Northern Englander now based in
    Melbourne Australia. He's amassed a slew of releases for UK's Moteer & Mobeer
    label, Under the Spire, and Japan's Flau respectively, whilst also releasing two
    albums of electronica in his duo Clickits with Jonny Russell. Yet Real to Reel is an
    unmistakable progression in his craft. Recorded over the last few years it's less
    beat orientated than it's predecessors, a suite of loose rustling electro organic
    soundscapes, over which the likes of Nicola Hodgkinson from Leeds three piece
    Empress, Melbourne songstress Heidi Elva (who also contributes harp), and
    John's wife Danielle intone gracefully. In fact there's a greater balance of vocal
    to instrumental pieces than ever before. He also enlists extraordinary Kansas
    based artist Aaron Martin who contributes mournful cello, providing additional
    gravity to McCaffrey's introspective musings.

    Using Spanish field recordings, a bass drum sound from a battered water tank,
    and what sounds like the signature arsenal of house hold contraptions we come
    to expect from Part Timer, Real to Reel actively plays upon the process of
    capturing the real world on a recording medium. McCaffrey talks of the role of
    recorded media in supplanting 'real' memories. "Like having a memory from
    when you're a kid, but being unsure whether you actually remember it, or
    whether it's because you've always seen that photo in your parents album."

    Ultimately Real to Reel is music for waiting, for opening up time and creating
    space, allowing the listener to enjoy each delicate gesture, each subtle movement.
    It's gorgeous drifting music, thirteen mesmerizing pieces that offer a
    gentle emotion laden respite from the bustle and bluster of daily life.

    1. The Distance Between One (feat. Danielle McCaffrey)
    2. Campsite Sundown
    3. Unfound (feat. Heidi Elva and Aaron Martin)
    4. A Long Inhalation
    5. Suspended Belief
    6. The Runner (feat. Heidi Elva and Aaron Martin)
    7. Where We Used To Go (feat. Nicola Hodgkinson and Aaron Martin)
    8. Interalia (feat. Aaron Martin)
    9. In Your Hand
    10. Untold, Unfold (feat. Danielle McCaffrey)
    11. It’s A Storm
    12. Never Meant To Be (feat. Heidi Elva and Aaron Martin)
    13. Taken Along Quietly

    Released by: Lost Tribe Sound
    Release/catalogue number: LTS-004
    Release date: Dec 3, 2010

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