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English pas­toral­ism, from Den­mark

Singer-song­writer Hjalte Ross is a Dane who grew up in Aus­tralia, but his de­but al­bum is im­bued with a very English sense of pas­toral­ism. The ti­tle track sounds like Bob Dy­lan’s “Lay Lady Lay” put through a Nick Drake fil­ter, an air that per­vades tracks like “Sum­mer­times” and “Hunger For The Taste Of Time I Didn’t Waste” – all clawham­mer gui­tars, skit­ter­ing per­cus­sion and shim­mer­ing Robert Kirby-ish strings (ar­ranged by Steven Turner). Ross’s hushed vo­cals are so blurred and in­dis­tinct that he may as well be singing in a for­eign lan­guage, but it all cre­ates a de­light­fully groggy mood.

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