’Immortal’ from Hicks and Gouldburn - an album of considerable intriguing attractiveness(September 07, 2016)
Strangely, I find myself increasingly drawn to music that refuses to sit comfortably into defining boxes. Perhaps that’s why I gravitate towards music that falls into that horrible couplet, ‘genre crossing’ - another attempt to categorise that which cannot be easily classified. With the foregoing in mind I found ’Immortal’ from Steve Hicks and Lynn Gouldburn, prosaically known as Hicks and Gouldburn, an album of considerable intriguing attractiveness.
For starters, the mix is most definitely eclectic - folk, soul, Americana, jazz, reggae - it’s all in there, along with spoken poetry and tinges of medieval chant. And if that’s not enough to defy classification I don’t know what is, however definitions aside, this duo have definitely come up with an album that demonstrates some fine finger-style guitar and equally well-honed harmonies. From their engaging take on the traditional and oft-bastardised ‘House of the Rising Sun’ through the bewitching ‘Immortal’ and subtlely beguiling ‘Lamento di Tristano/ La Rotta’ to the powerful bucolic fairy tale ‘The Secret Tree of Gotham’ and Arthur Hamilton’s ‘Cry Me A River’ Hicks and Gouldburn hold your attention and treat you to something essentially soothing, slick and above all, different.
Review: Charlie Elland