London’s finest breath of fresh air has returned to us once again. Â And on his third outing, The Nearest Door, the lovely Robin Grey gets even more personal than we have heard in the past. Â He has many a tale and lament to tell and confess. Â With his distinctively English vocals, and beautiful interpretations of earth, sea, and love, this folk hero soars to his greatest heights even succeeding beyond his sophomore release Strangers With Shoes. Â Which I will admit, seemed to be impossible.
It would be entirely advantageously ridiculous to try and decipher the star track from The Nearest Door. Â The title track is exceptional to say the least. Â “Mariam’s Cake” (which original appeared on the charity based compilation albumÂ Children of Mercy)Â is true work of art that is as gentle as a warming sea. Â “The Ballad of Hawkwood” is a fun little ditty reminiscent of the golden ages of folk music. Â Basically, each track is distinctive in it’s own right, and deserve praise for entirely distinctive reasons.
Grey puts a substational amount of time into creating a full fledged album. Â This could be the reason we don’t hear from him in a full fledged fashion for almost three years. Â This could also be why his entire catalog is completely solid in every way. Â Every song this storyteller of our age seems to represent a certain time and place where emotions ran high, and a lesson from experience was definitely learned. Â Like a warm cup of coffee on an autumn morning, Robin Grey drapes us with wonderful story based folk masterpieces like falling leaves on resting gently over the first sign of snow. Â His voice is gentle and soothing, exactly what we need in these trying times.
Download: “Mariam’s Cake” by Robin Grey
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1. Â Mariam’s Cake
2. Â These Songs Were Begun One Winter
3. Â The Hackney Gentrification Song
4. Â Stick Or Twist
5. Â Looking For Distraction
6. Â The Freezer Song
7. Â The Ballad of Hawkwood
8. Â This Ungodly Hour
9. Â The Permaculture Song
10. The Nearest Door