Shona Brown is a Glasgow based musician who, on 10 November 2014, will release her Narrow Road e.p, as the first of her 10 in 10 project which will see 10 releases in the next ten months. Shona combines flute and vocals with electronics and loops to create really rather lovely soundscapes.
The e.p. features three tracks – The Narrow Road, Tall Trees and The Language of Birds. The Narrow Road is, of course, the lead track and it’s a mix of haunting flute, Eno era Music For Airports piano and some really rather cool beats and electronic noises that float around in the background. Track 2, Tall Trees carries on the theme although musically it leans more towards an ambient feel, again bringing to mind the likes of Brian Eno, but it adds Shona’s vocals and it sounds fantastic. Being the electronic music geek I am, I love the beats she uses here which are tucked away behind the music but which played loudly would sound brilliant on their own.
The balance she strikes between them and the main body of music is just right. The final track on the e.p. is The Language Of Birds which is my favourite here. Starting off with some sampled vocals and backwards electronics and piano, it builds into a beautiful track with some Florian Schneider Autobahn era flute, vocal harmonies and, again, some lovely looped beats.
All in all, this is a really interesting release and one you should have a listen to. The 10 in 10 project is a cool idea too and I’m looking forward to what comes next.
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