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CRAIG ARM­STRONG

It’s Nearly To­mor­row ★★★

BMG/Chrysalis

You al­ways know where you are with this Glas­gow com­poser. Arm­strong has earned his corn with sound­scapes of dis­tinc­tion for film-mak­ers (Baz Luhrmann) and acts (U2, Mas­sive At­tack, Madonna). A solo work in name,

It’s Nearly To­mor­row pulls in vo­cal con­tri­bu­tions from Paul Buchanan, Brett An­der­son, Katie O’Hal­lo­ran and James Grant. It’s a vi­brant al­bum full of noc­tur­nal mus­ing and moods. The pres­ence of Buchanan is telling – It’s

Nearly To­mor­row owes much to The Blue Nile’s broody con­jur­ings of starry Glas­gow rooftops and de­serted streets. Though recorded around the world, there’s a sense of the com­poser and mu­si­cians bring­ing it all back home. Arm­strong’s pi­ano work and or­ches­tral pip­ing is wist­ful and dra­matic, pro­vid­ing the songs with ro­bust heft, and send­ing the lis­tener dream­ing into the night. craigarm­strong.com

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