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New album - All Lombard Street to a China Orange - The Curator
I love, love, love this album. Alistair Murphy and co have a rich flowing musicality that is both redolent of so much beloved while a very much stand alone sound. This is the natural product of a music where a sense of nostalgia and renewal walk side by side.
Such a voice too: English everyday entwined with Celtic Mystic, wanderlust and gentle awe. Gorgeous vinyl pressing too, everything about it sings so sweet, truly one for the ages. An event that invites YOUR participation.
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Gavin Martin (NME, Daily Mirror etc.)
The last couple of days I have been working on the master for the latest from The Curator - and this might really be his magnum opus - amazing stuff, with one particularly amazing guest as well... How shall I describe this music? Theatrical, whimsical, orchestral, symphonic, jazzy, crooner-y, Canterburyesque ... all that and more. Stay tuned!
Jacob Holm-Lupo (White Willow, Termo Records, Musician and Producer)
Where The Stars Will Give Way To The Moming - The Curator
Sounds and feels like work of a lifetime. Teeming with musical variety, flourishes, insight and warmth. Already an album of 2018. Greet the new dawn *****
Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror
The Winter Sun, the de facto title track is a beautifully orchestrated piece that richly evokes Robert Kirby's work with Nick Drake. The jazzy overtones of It Crackles (And it Spits) sound like Harold McNair. Where the Stars Will Give Way To The Moming is a grown up record for infantilized times **** Daryl Easlea, Record Collector
...[a] maverick, but a compelling one - whip-smart, brilliantly melodic but off the wall too, and with a nice shot of menace
You need to Lay Your Burden Down, pour a drink and enjoy this record - it's like Samuel Pepys set to music for modem times. Just wonderful
...a fascinating listen, but one best enjoyed in solitude. For this is not light nor fluffy, this is thought-provoking, reflective and explorative. With a subtle hint of Peter Gabriel to his vocal, it is fair to say that Mumhy could have tackled a far lighter and more mainstream sound and pulled it off flawlessly. A prime example in the tender and touching Chloe, which could easily be transformed into a mainstream radio hit. However, that is not the function or intention of Murphy's craft. Wh. this may not be a record that appeals to everyone, it is one that is rewarding to those who retum to it for repeated listens. This is not one that you will listen to everyday, but one you should listen to anyway
On first acquaintance with Where The Stars...you're engulfed with a torrent of words emoted convincingly and draped with often startling accompaniment fluctuating from what amounts to at least the effect of a full orchestra, adventurously scored and unafraid to fly in the face of harmonic concord — to the rock instrumentation that dominates the culminating 'Chloe'