‘The Butcher’ from Paul Mosley and The Red Meat Orchestra “ ... theatre for your ears”(May 18, 2016)
This is an album that must be heard as a whole. Touch it in sections and you risk losing the flow. And that is verging on criminal with a work of this richness. Make time to listen to ‘The Butcher’ from Paul Mosley start-to-finish. Do that and the reward is waiting there for you to share. This album is an orchestral explosion, an embracing expression of charecterisation, imagery, narrative, impression and drama delivered through music. Its breadth, depth and scope reflects a voyage that is so unreservedly immersive you will find yourself slipping into Mosley’s world and experiencing everything ‘The Butcher’ has to offer.
The proposition begins with an examination of ‘A Lighthouse’ and ‘A Soul To Save’ progresses through the stunningly beautiful duet ‘The World Is Flat’ into the ephemeral instrumental ‘Introducing...’ before the spectre and manifestation of ‘The Butcher’ takes centre stage. I could go on describing this ‘theatre for your ears’, but that would be utterly wrong. You have to absorb its entire organic expression, interact with its charecters and enter their worlds ... no other approach will suffice.
The players are: Paul Mosley as ‘the young man’/ ‘The Butcher’, Jamie Lawson as ‘the star gazer’, Esther Dee as ‘the scientist’, Sophie Bradley as ‘the downtrodden’, Darren Allford as ‘the defeated’, David Mosley as ‘the drunken sailor’, Carolyn Mark as ‘the pirate queen’, Catherine Earnshaw as ‘the birds’ and Josienne Clarke as ‘Delores’.
This singularly intriguing journey is described on the insert as: “a ghost story told in songs”. That’s certainly true but it’s more than that. It’s a dramatic folk opera of searching, revelation, mystery, love, darkness and despair. It’s an expansive work of two distinct parts, each of ten tracks, a composition of sweep and presence that compels you to take part ... and you certainly should.
Review: Tim Carroll