Seasonal Sevens – Summer (7”)
Autumn Ferment Records 2009
[tags: acoustic folk, 7'', 2009]
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A week ago I got the Autumn Ferment Records newsletter and I read that they are about to release the second 7’’ of their Seasonal Sevens series. I was a bit surprised that I totally missed the announcement of the first one but in the end I got lucky because they had copies left and so my order could be placed and shipped. Today the Summer 7’’ arrived and I don’t want to deprive you of this fine release even though real summer is over now.
The Seasonal Sevens are a colored 7’’ series that features two folk artists a time whose songs should cover the atmosphere of the season they are dedicated to. The label will release 4 of those vinyls and the first one is called Summer. On Summer you find one track by Emily Scott and one by Hélèlne Renaut. Both artsist play very chilled folk and the tracks they provide are beautiful and very emotional.
Pond Dipping by Emily Scott from Edinburgh/Great Britain is the first track. She plays acoustic guitar and is accopanied by ukulele and flute. Her vocals are soft and fly through the track like a little sparrow hopping fom branch to branch. The minimal percussion work fits the track very well and the result is one lovely folk song you can easily listen to many times feeling warm shafts of sunlight on your body without getting bored at all.
In Hélène Renaut’s (hailing from San Francisco/California) song Bumblebee the drums and percussions create an ambiance reminding me a lot of smooth jazz tunes. As I’m not the biggest fan of mixing jazz and folk music I have to say that this combination works very well here and the track becomes a gentle breeze cooling down your skin a bit after the sunlight of Emily Scott warmed you up. The voice of Hélène is as lithe as a slowly moving cloud in the bright blue sky and her acoustic guitar play is lulling and pure.
Overall: Summer is a lovely 7’’ living from the fabulous team work of the two tracks because they seem to become one as you listen to them over and over. I’m very excited about the follow up and I hope Autumn Ferment Records can hold the high standard. For more details about the artists visit Emily Scott’s MySpace here and Hélène Renaut’s MySpace here. To listen to both tracks visist the Seasonal Sevens MySpace and to buy your own copy click here. I’ll post on the other 7”s as soon as they are out.