Elemental Red

Local Insomniac Music
Best of 2007
- #7 Elemental Red
--Rich Hughes WUSB

- Top solo album of 2007
- #6 of the Top 10 CDs of 2007
--Dan Herman Radio Crystal Blue

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“...must say I've become an instant fan. I think your music and lyrics are wonderful... I love every song on the CD and will continue to play them. I think you are a true artist. Just thought I'd drop a line to let you know.”
--Jeanne Haag

“...what I've been saying on air about you. I love the CDs. I want everyone to have one. Such wonderful music. Thank you for sending them to me..”
--Marianne Knorzer, KRBS-LP 107.1 FM, Oroville, CA RadioBirdStreet

“...very enjoyable with its folksy feeling a la David Wilcox and Lindisfarne.”
--Mike Debbage

Energetically spiritual, 'Elemental Red' repays careful listening. From the nostalgic almost pop of 'Gypsy Hill' (track 2) to the fierce longing of 'Mountain' (track 10) to the sensual neo-traditional folk of 'Sea Lanes' (track 9) to the luxuriantly calm 'Man on the Moon', (track 7) this music travels an emotional landscape at once familiar and exotic.

'Elemental Red's acoustic verve, symbol and metaphor-laden poetry, and highly propulsive but acoustic production value is a restless depiction of quest. Name checking Jung, laden with quotes from JG Bennett, GI Gurdjieff, and perhaps most obviously Muhammed Subuh, this drive, while peaceful, is immediately felt. So many roads sung of, which road? Meta-roads? Pan Celtic guitar derivatives augmented by African percussion act as a trellis for elegantly eloquent searching song-writing that rides melody, that is sweet, honest, natural and highly affective.

With this recording I rode two horses, the one pulled towards the magical illusion of overdubbing and effects while the other asked for the guitars to be in your face, the singer's breath in your ear. While I rode I gabbed about journeys inner and outer and in-between, couched in the languages I had learned along the way. In hotel rooms with shining simonised surfaces to admire, and luxuriant arm-chairs to relax in, I booked perky live performances, without loops and clever edits, to please you. Elemental Red's booklet features a set of full colour photographic images by Rob Dodson, as well as the lyrics for each song on the CD.