Shona Brown - The Narrow Road

Published Thursday 5th February 2015
Shona Brown - The Narrow Road
Shona Brown - The Narrow Road

STYLE: Ambient/Meditational
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 154997-22856
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Lins Honeyman

Former BBC Young Musician Of The Year semi-finalist Shona Brown is a classically trained flautist who has recently ventured down a more electronic, loop-based road and this three track EP sees the Glasgow-based musician begin a quest to turn out 10 releases in as many months. Naturally, the flute forms the basis of much of this release with the instrumental title track soaring and swooping evocatively on account of Brown's exquisite playing whilst a gentle drum loop, some piano work and vocal harmonies add depth to what is presumably a reflection on the Christian walk. "Tall Trees" sees Brown in contemplative mode as she turns in a tender vocal performance on an Eastern-tinged piece that showcases her inventive songwriting skills whilst "The Language Of Birds" - complete with backwards loops, intermittent dance rhythms, beautiful Celtic flute runs and spoken word segments - is arguably the most experimental of all the tracks on this impressive release.

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