Thursday, 18 August 2011
Green Man 2011: Noah & The Whale 'Instrumental III' (Mercury, 2009)
Lush, summery instrumental business.
An outtake from the sessions for 'The First Days Of Spring', 'Instrumental III' is a Bert Jansch-y, sprightly thing that doesn't fit with the generally heavy mood of that break-up album.
Looking forward to see them at the Green Man Festival this weekend. I presume they aren't on the same day as Laura Marling...
Indeed, seeing them at Green Man in 2009, just as the album was being released, was a fairly harrowing experience. It was certainly a shock for any festival-goers expecting the breezy folk-pop of 'Five Years Time'. Instead, they dropped a dirgey, drang and mope over the Brecon countryside, sounding more akin to The Wedding Present's masterful 'Seamonsters' album.
I think singer Charlie Fink is over it now so it should be the light and bracing Tom Petty/John Cougar Mellencamp-isms of the new album on Saturday.
Download Noah and the Whale 'Instrumental III' (folk mp3 download) (Mediafire)