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‘Mother Tongue’ - a musical project from Jonathan Byrd and the The Sentimentals

(May 22, 2015)

A Danish-American music collaboration exploring the work of Søren Kierkegaard and Bob Dylan – on the face of it somewhere between pretentious or overbearing - not a bit of it. Whatever influences surge through songwriters and musicians, Danish philosopher and theologian, American singer-songwriter, existentialist philosopher or counterculture poet, the result doesn’t have to be anything like hard work, it can be exciting and vibrant - and that’s ‘Mother Tongue’.

mothertongue_cover-300x300This album builds its music around the hopeful and the despairing, with songs that wherever they find their inspiration, reflect vital elements of the human condition, which both Kierkegaard and Dylan understood. And so do Jonathan Byrd and M.C. Hansen, binding acoustic and electric Americana with rocking folk into a collection of songs that make this album one to hear. Sure there’s some pertinent philosophy wrapped in the lyrics, observations both personal and public and more than a passing nod to its sources but its well-delivered and well worth your time.

From ‘Love Is The Law’ and ‘Natural Supernatural’ to ‘I Thought I'd Seen It All’ and ‘Working Man Blues #3’ these songs tell essential stories, from the pulsing drive of ‘There's A Storm Coming’ to the quiet simplicity of ‘Harvest Time’ it’s time to tune in your listening ears and absorb the ‘Mother Tongue’.


Review: Tom Franks

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