He's not only one of Manchester's finest guitar players but, Golden Lab thinks, one of the most intuitive and evocative in the world today. This 2LP (with a limited 100-copy run including a bonus third LP of entirely different and equally amazing material) featuring guests including Jon Collin, Nick Mitchell (Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura), Edwin Stevens (Irma Vep) and more, is a stunning example of his creative prowess and features a host of original compositions and improvisations as well as a handful of lesser known covers and traditionals, including some hitherto ignored-by-the-underground Lancashire folk music.
It's far and away the most accomplished (if roughly recorded) psychedelic folk record to have been made in Britain in the last 40 years as far as GLR is concerned. Sitar, guitar, drums, bells, penny whistles, recorders and more gorgeously rough vocal harmonies than you can shake a stick at. We who call ourselves his friends haven't stopped crying since we started listening to it. Time ya got up to speed with what's going on with Lancashire's mellowest lad. Don't hang about.
STAFF COMMENTSBarry says: I love the sound of a meticulously recorded album, the way the highs and lows mix together, the attack of a good compressor as it activates. This is not that, it is a rough and ready collection of campfire songs and folk odes, and all the better for it. Warming and serene, these tracks are bursting with emotional depth and stylistic intricacy without ever feeling pretentious. Old Wakes is a visceral and highly rewarding journey through traditional and psychedelic folk across the globe, guided by the infinitely talented Mr. Settle.
FORMAT INFORMATION3xLtd LP Info: 3LP gatefold edition, inc. bonus disc (140g vinyl), limited to 100 copies.
2xLP Info: Standard double LP.