Richard Youngs & Raül Refree – All Hands Around The Moment
Label: Soft Abuse – SAB095 Format: Vinyl, LP, Album Country: US Released: 06 Dec 2019 Genre: Rock, Folk, World, & Country Style: Folk Rock
For their first meeting, Richard Youngs (Glasgow) and Raül Refree (Barcelona) have created a suite of stately, circular longform songs that manage to connect Tim Buckley's Happy Sad to Federico García Lorca to plainsong liturgy. The largely acoustic and quietly urgent All Hands Around the Moment finds Youngs in an impassioned and emotional space he’s rarely inhabited since Sapphie, elevated by lush chamber folk/jazz compositions that incorporate piano, guitar and more, performed by both Youngs and Refree.
The four pieces that build the whole of All Hands Around the Moment harness transcendence in repetition, and feature gorgeous progressive minimalism in full spectrum. Dark existential themes flow into mystic uplifting expressions of humanity., without missing a beat. In its timelessness and prescience, the realities present in All Hands Around the Moment make for a powerfully engrossing listen from top to bottom (mint / new)
Tracklist A1 Time Is An Avalanche A2 Nil By Mind B1 Another Language B2 Follow My Sleep