Marc Almond, Lo-Fang and Brad Mehldau: New albums this week

21 Feb

Metro

Marc Almond and John Harle The Tyburn Tree - a dark London song cycle (Picture: Nobby Clarke) Marc Almond and John Harle The Tyburn Tree – a dark London song cycle (Picture: Nobby Clarke)

John Harle and Marc Almond: The Tyburn Tree (Sospiro Noir)
3 star rating

Eighties pop stars have been giving the song cycle a makeover of late. Last year, Marillion’s Fish released A Feast Of Consequences, containing a moving suite about World War I.

Now Marc Almond, with saxophonist and composer John Harle, drops a concept album about the blood-stained recesses of historic ‘Dark London’.

Harle grew up listening to Pink Floyd and King Crimson, and there’s an audible prog-rock influence here, with a gothic-cabaret groove that might remind you of The Tiger Lillies.

The lyrics, penned by Almond or borrowed from the likes of William Blake, recount tales of ghoulish figures from the capital’s past.

If the project has a fault, it’s a lack of tonal variety – it’s almost all shade and no light, straining…

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