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It is a collection of brief encounters, which hinge on the slightest details and gestures: a written note, a fleeting facial expression, a fluttering of eyelashes. Little measurements that occasionally tip the scales.
In contrast to 2009's To Leave A Mark, Little Measurements is an album of collaborations. EL Heath contributes gorgeous ondes Martenot counter-melodies to the opener, A Year, and warm, sustained notes on the accordion to the closing track, Unwritten By Hand. Talk Less, Say More appears on The Visitor, providing fizzing drum beats and synth drones. James Taylor, formerly of Silver Gospel Runners, embellishes Not Aware and No One Else with delicate flourishes of slide guitar. Tim Wright of Neume Audio adds clarinet (Your Answer), glockenspiel (Little Measurements), and haunted attic sounds (From A Room) to the mix.
Tim Wright is even more prominent in his role as producer. Throughout the album, his subtle use of panning, sampling, and delay effects creates an intimate, and at times unsettling atmosphere.
Little Measurements is a wonderful record, mature in execution, stunning in detail and shadings of light and dark, beautifully and lyrically evocative. A completely affective experience and one to be savoured.