Watch the Sky Van­guard

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - JOE BREEN

“It is the sound­print of a mu­si­cian lost in the mo­ment and en­joy­ing the jour­ney.” Amer­i­can songstress Patty Larkin, as ever, is true to her words. And, boy what a jour­ney. Larkin is a mu­si­cal mag­pie, pick­ing up a blues riff here, an elec­tronic loop there. Her bedrock is folk but she stretches her­self in all di­rec­tions, wher­ever the mood takes her and the song de­mands. It is also DIY – she plays ev­ery­thing from bouzouki to lap steel, adds all the voices and then pro­duces and en­gi­neers the lot. For some this might be recipe for dis­as­ter, but Larkin lay­ers th­ese 12 tracks with just the right amount of mys­tery, magic and mu­si­cal in­ven­tion. Lis­ten long, hard and close: Watch the Sky is an album that re­wards pa­tience. www.pat­ty­ Down­load tracks: Hol­ly­wood, Walk­ing in My Sleep, Trav­el­ling Alone

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