Quiet Town

by Roger Tarry

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wonderdog This is very good & merits multiple listens. At the start, it sounds like Dave Rawlings & Gillian Welch (yes, in that order) but later moves towards Nick Drake territory. Dreamy guitar.
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about

Roger Tarry spins homespun tales of love, loss and longing, melding folk themes around a soft vocal delivery. The nod to influences such as Iron & Wine and Fairport Convention set him apart from the reams of identikit singer-songwriters, and his easy on-stage manner and effortless windswept charm make him one of the most popular performers around.

Reviews:

"Bristol-based Roger's another of those singer-songwriters whose work I'd been meaning to investigate for the past few years, indeed ever since his 2005 debut full-lengther Last Time I Was There was much acclaimed in all the right places. So I was glad to get the chance to cover the rather-long-awaited followup.

Quiet Town proves a most accomplished record, contemplative in tone and blessed with textures that are feather-light yet substantial. Roger's individual sound-world is most persuasive, his collaborators including Toby Field (piano, keyboards), Lizz Lipscombe (violins), Alison Gillies (cello), Mirek Salmon (accordion) and Terry Edwards (brass) providing just the right kind of setting for his bittersweet, plaintive lyrics. Roger's special delivery of his lyrics is at once laid-back and gently upfront, chill-out and lovingly intense, and a tellingly sparing use of richer string and (more occasionally) brass texturings cushions Roger's simple fingerpicked embellishments.

Notwithstanding the distinctively personal nature of Roger's music, however, it's nonetheless hard not to find oneself referencing Nick Drake in particular at several points - although that's often more in the musical ambience than anything definite within the lyrics, and is especially noticeable where lusciously hazy, drifting atmospherics are brought into play (as on They Have Never Seen), or in the tenderly edgy delivery of Dying Wish. And on songs like Blow, Roger makes interesting creative capital out of the contrast and play between his rushing, tumbling filigree guitar accompaniment and the altogether more languorous nature of his vocal line. On the other hand, it's not difficult to hear the influence of David Rawlings in the intricate, rippling guitar figures of Cropsy, while a Gillian Welch comparison might be apposite with regard to Caroline Martin's vocal contribution on the disc's opening ballad It's Not You.

Having said all that, Roger's own distinctive vision, peaceful overall and yet with darker overtones, is accurately conveyed in his fragile and poignantly expressive music on this treasurable disc."

- David Kidman, FATEA Magazine

"Quiet Town opens with the plaintive dustbowl ballad 'It's Not You', recorded live with long-time collaborator Caroline Martin, evoking memories of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings at their best. Tracks like 'Cropsy' and 'They Have Never' offer a much darker hinterland, accompanied by Lizz Lipscombe's (Richard Hawley) rich and atmospheric string soundtrack. The title track 'Quiet Town' strikes a more contemplative tone, and features the brass arrangements of Terry Edwards (Nick Cave; David Gray). Live favourite 'When Was' has finally been recorded, showcasing Roger's superb finger-picking technique. 'Blow' is a more traditional love story, but the interplay of guitar and accordian is unique, with a firm pace dictated by Ian Jennings (Big Town Playboys,Robert Plant; Jeff Beck) on double bass and Robert Brian (Siouxsie Sioux) providing drums."

- Toby Field

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released September 2, 2013

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