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‘Ingrained’ from Carly Dow - Canadian folk suffused with soul

(December 16, 2015)

There’s something utterly elemental about Carly Dow’s music, the echoing melodies that soar around your head, the deeply authentic voice that seduces, the piercingly sharp image-rich lyrics, together that’s a mix filled with magnetic allure. carly dow album coverThis is essential Canadian folk suffused with soul, drawn from roots that remain drinking deep in tradition yet grow immersed in innovation, that’s ‘Ingrained’. And it’s really rather special.

Her lyrics range through and explore love and its loss, life with its highs and lows, reflections tempered with hope and honesty that pulls no punches. The softly mournful instrumentation that flows throughout seeds the thoughts of her words in your mind. And soon you find something flourishing that makes you want to engage more and more with ‘Ingrained’. The stand out tracks for me include the messages of ‘Soil To Dust’, ‘Too Much To Go Back’ and the sultry smoothness of ‘This Dress’ – but the best I can say is buy the album and choose your own favourites, you won’t be disappointed.

‘Ingrained’ releases in the UK in February 2016, make a note of that date. Website: www.carlydowmusic.com

Review: Tom Franks

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