Derby-based multi-instrumentalist and filmmaker James Machin is celebrating the release of the conclusion of his trilogy on grief, “Appendix” on 6 April 2018, his first for the Reckless Yes label. It is, however, anything but maudlin and its devastation lies more in its beautiful layered melodies than in its melancholy subject matter. Appendix follows on from his 2014 debut Good Grief and 2016 follow-up Aye!
The album features Spooker favourites, TV and film composer Richard J. Birkin, who composed and conducted the string arrangements and Haiku Salut, who added their own unique magic, playing accordion, vibraphone & trumpet respectively and singing as part of the choir which reoccurs throughout the album. Lead single “Don’t Do It To Yourself” features labelmates Pet Crow. The fragile vocal of Danielle Cotterill breaks around the lyric in gently spoken but brutally felt honesty.
Alongside the album is the release of short film Fleeting, written and directed by Grawl!x and featuring music from the album as its soundtrack. It speaks of love unrequited, love lost, but self-found, of resilience.
“Dream pop should sound this way: beautiful, assured, intriguing and resonant” – Louder Than War
FFO: Max Richter, Haiku Salut, Richard.J.Birkin, Nils Frahm