For Oran and Anna.
All songs and instruments by Johny Lamb, except ‘All for me Grogg” Trad Arr. Additional arrangement contributions on ‘The Fishery’ by Steve Grainger and on ‘Ghosts in the Grass’ by Mary Hampton.
Recorded in Jai’s room, Harbertonford. Mastered by Scott Maple, Glasgow. Artwork by Jane Elliot. Copyright and Publishing J. Lamb 2010 Under Exclusive License to Armellodie Records.
Armellodie Records is proud to present Method; an album that seeks to explore the folksinger’s contradictory status as an outsider, often recording and touring alone, a situation seemingly at odds with folk’s suggestion of community. The result is a record fraught with geographic dissatisfaction, heartbreak, ghosts, isolation and drunkenness. Sitting uncomfortably somewhere between auto-biography and allegory the songs take in real life events and fantastical narrative concerning relationships, the dangers of being eaten by the dead and the difficulties of communicating when at sea.
‘Exquisite index of gin-soaked desolation.... Lamb sings like a man unable to see beyond keeping a stiff upper lip to the end of the song. Even if he manages it, you might not.’ Mojo (4 stars)
‘Ten stunning songs, in less than 40 minutes. it’s a treasure chest of sad beauty, taken under as the ship sank, miles from home and very alone. Alone but for the sailors’ grogg.’ The Spill. (Album of the Year 2010).
‘Radical and refreshing. Rarely have brass, banjo and electric guitars combined to such stirring effect.’ Scotland on Sunday (Release of the Week).
‘An Album of raw beauty’ The Daily Record.
‘The Flying Dutchman reborn as the bastard child of Edison, Russolo and Deleuze. With more wit and more soul than a thousand paper cowboys and cereal box balladeers. Don't be fooled by its swagger, these songs still need - and fully deserve - your deepest affections.’ Little Other.
‘A marvellous and passionate LP full of character and commitment.... It’s tough, and straight and honest, and a joy to listen to.’ Incendiary Magazine.
‘It is never less than a fascinating and scintillating listen. the traditional arrangements and instruments give way for raw distortion and jagged feedback recalling Blur’s Graham Coxon at his most destructive.’ Unplug the Jukebox.
‘There may be many reasons to claim that Lamb doesn’t stick to certain folk traditions because it’s true. But after one listen to his music, his love and passion for all things folk is instantly obvious. His alternative methods (such as hazy synths and, of course, his love of distortion) are in fact really refreshing and the fact that he is his own man makes his music all the more honest and sincere. He has definitely brought something new and interesting to the underground folk scene.’ Is This Music?
‘Throughly modern production values, a sly hipness, and, quite simply, great songs make this an album with a reach far beyond the folk market.’ Grounds for Appeal.
‘Method veers from the odd to the conventional, from the sparse to the rackety, and I still haven’t entirely figured out what to make of it. I know I like it though.’ Song By Toad.
‘This is a beguiling, contradictory mixture where folk traditions and more contemporary tales of destitution sit side by side.... if you enjoy a bit of good old fashioned melancholy then it’s ultimately very rewarding indeed.’ Vanguard.
‘such a demeanour can add something heavy and honest to the heart of a musician, weighing down their words with a distinct emotional tang that resonates with that little empathic part of the listener.’ The 405 8/10.
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Thirty Pounds of Bone
2010 - Method
Label: Armellodie Records
I found myself playing this album again and again, so I decide to post it, even if it's not free.
TPoB is Johny Lamb from Britain, playing folk music that lives on the sea and not in the woods. So you will find lot of elegiac accordeon tunes as well as banjo and the feel of living near the sea, with salty damp air and the fishy smell from the habour.
Crack Shandy in the Harbour is a great playful opener, All For Me Grogg gleams in a sunset of slightly distorted vocals and The Fishery full of yearning, rich in harmonics and culminate in a noisy end.
Highly recommended record!
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[mp3] Thirty Pounds of Bone - CrackShandy in the Harbour