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ALBUMS


Squid BrightGreen Field


Squid’sbizarregenrebendingmusicis backintheformofadebutalbum.Much awaitedwouldbean understatement. Themostobviousstrengthof thealbum istheclarityandremarkablesynergyon show. Narrator isthebestsinglereleasebya


longshot.Thebuild-upiscarefully curated,andthesynthnoisesandthe vocalsfromMarthaSkyeMurphybreak upthetexture. BoyRacersshowsSquid’sgreat


potentialwhenworkingwith8-minute songs.Halfwaythrough, thetrackbreaks intoapsychedelicmysticdrone. Vocoder-dlyricspourdreadintothe otherwiseembryonicfuzz. GlobalGrooveprobablyassertsthe


purposeofBrightGreenFieldswiththe greatestclarityandJudge’sparanoid squealssustainthis,accompaniedbya mournfulsax.Hetakesaimatalmost anythingmodernandarticulatesthe veryhelplessnessthatSquidare attemptingtoevoke. PeelSt isastandoutalbumtrack, the


rhythmsandinterplaybetweenall the noisesisphenomenal….Adrone-like humbuildsthetensionandthereleaseis deliveredwithsharpdexterity. It’sgot to beoneof thebestfirst threeminutesofa trackthisyear. ThealbumclearlyexemplifiesSquid’s technicalexcellence.


8/10CallumGray OUTLINEONLINE.CO.UK / JUNE-JULY 2021 / 25


BillVine Northsong


Conventional itmostcertainlyisnot.The tracksareput togetherusingsamplesof soundstakenfromthegreenspacesin andaroundtheNR3postcode.Theaimis toprovidesomeserenityfor thelistener. Astherearenomusical instruments


involvedatall, it’scleverlyput together, anditdoesprovidesomesolacetothe listener,givingasenseof isolation.Put thisonandjust loseyourself inyour imagination,switchingtheworldofffora whileandhavingsome“metime. Experimentalmusiccanbedivisiveas


it’saMarmitetypeof thing,butevenif you’renotafanyoucangetsomething fromthisifyoupersevere.OnceI’d listenedafewtimes, Ididfindmyself transportedofftosomefar-awayplace, escapingfromtherealworldfor justa littlewhile,andhonestly,wecouldall benefit fromdoingthatoccasionally. Therearejust threetracks, lasting


twentyminutesorso,but that twenty minutescouldprovidesomething positiveforanyone. Itmight takeyouout ofyourcomfortzone,but ifyouput the effort intoREALLYlistentoit,you’llbe handsomelyrewarded.


8/10JonSeymour


ChristinaAlden &AlexPatterson Hunter


Ifyouareafanofall thingsfolkthenyou willbeguaranteedtoenjoyeverytrack fromstart tofinish- that isagiven. However, Iwouldalsosaythatevenif this genreisn’tyourgo-tothenHunter isstill somethingyouneedinyourears. It’sthe musicalversionofaspontaneouswalk throughthemostbeautifulwoods; sunlightstreamingthroughthegapsin theleavesonthetrees,aglitteringstream dancingalongsideyouasyoumeet wildlifesuchasfoxes,bearsandeven articfoxesalongthewayasthebirdsong twinklesinthebackground. Therearejust layersandlayersof


beautyineachof thetracks; fromsubject matter, tostorytelling,andmusical craſtsmanship. It reallyisanexceptional bodyofwork. Myfavouritetrackcomestowardsthe


endwiththestoryofTheGreenland Shark.Thestoryof theoldestvertebrate onplanetearthisabsolutelyfascinating andprettyhardtobelieve.Aſter listening tothistrack, Inowhavetheadded thought that thissharkcontinuestoroam depthsof theoceaninsearchof loveand meaninginhersolitaryexistence. Its melancholyAFbut I loveit!


10/10KellyPage


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