North Sea Radio Orchestra - I a Moon (The Household Mark, 2011)
Following last year's wonderful Arch Garrison album Craig Fortnam returned to concentrate on recording NSRO's third album. I've played a few tracks from I a Moon over the last few weeks on the radio show and to put it simply - I'm hooked. It's a great record and more-or-less follows the template laid down on the band's previous two releases (orchestral chamber pop), but this time there's also a Krautrock influence.
The band have explained a number of changes in their approach for this release, "firstly, that the album would have a darker, less pastoral sound with new influences including Krautrock and Deerhoof (and with more emphasis on synthesizer and percussion than previously). Secondly, that there would be a move away from setting poetry in favour of setting self-written lyrics." The results are fantastic.
Garry Mulholland sums the record up brilliantly: "the overall effect makes I a Moon feel like the world’s first baroque-Krautrock-folk-rock-Michael Nyman-madrigal-Kate Bush-electro-pop album. But more than all that, it is genuinely very beautiful.