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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
It's folk music, just not as we normally think of it. The melodies here might have their roots in the tradition, but the arrangements and execution have far more in common with the minimalism of Philip Glass and Steve Reich than your average folkies on their third CD. With accordion, mandolin, violin, and guitar, they manage a very simple sound that's nevertheless surprisingly complex, especially considering that it's recorded live with no overdubs. It's all very English, essentially a contemporary classical quartet taking on English folk music, but on the musicians' own terms. It's quite cinematic and sweeping, a big sound for just four people, incredibly well ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
It's folk music, just not as we normally think of it. The melodies here might have their roots in the tradition, but the arrangements and execution have far more in common with the minimalism of Philip Glass and Steve Reich than your average folkies on their third CD. With accordion, mandolin, violin, and guitar, they manage a very simple sound that's nevertheless surprisingly complex, especially considering that it's recorded live with no overdubs. It's all very English, essentially a contemporary classical quartet taking on English folk music, but on the musicians' own terms. It's quite cinematic and sweeping, a big sound for just four people, incredibly well thought-out. For something quite minimalistic, it's also very emotional music, full of melodic beauty in ways also reminiscent of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, who might be their spiritual ancestors. It's refreshing, and a lovely, fresh take on folk music that never cloys.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/19/2011
  • Label: Real World
  • UPC: 884108000250
  • Catalog Number: 80002
  • Sales rank: 95,189

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Darkling Plains (3:52)
  2. 2 A Small Light in the Far West (2:17)
  3. 3 The White Hart (4:07)
  4. 4 Antrobus (1:43)
  5. 5 Shaft (4:32)
  6. 6 I Fear You Just As I Fear Ghosts (2:32)
  7. 7 Pop (4:20)
  8. 8 Level 2 Small Bats (1:01)
  9. 9 The Radio Sky (4:18)
  10. 10 Glittering City (1:28)
  11. 11 Underland (3:24)
  12. 12 Altrincham Round (3:00)
  13. 13 Captain Say Catastrophe (2:09)
  14. 14 Binatone (3:32)
  15. 15 The Lost Heart (4:23)
  16. 16 Wolves (1:19)
  17. 17 Mr. Keys (3:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Spiro Primary Artist
Jon Hunt Acoustic Guitar, Cello
Jason Sparkes Piano, Accordion
Jane Harbour Violin, Viola
Alex Vann Mandolin
Technical Credits
Alan James Management
Simon Emmerson Producer
Ian Cooper Mastering
Robin Baynton Engineer
Richard Evans Engineer
Jane Harbour Images
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