Chris Brain: Bound to Rise LP
'Bound to Rise is the debut album from Leeds based, Yorkshire born artist Chris Brain. Recorded on analog tape, the album captures 10 live performances. An enthralling meditation on nature, with glimpses of the confessional.
Recorded at The Nave in Leeds, Bound to Rise is a debut album that captures the shoulder-to-shoulder warmth of a live setting. Firmly rooted in place, from the choice of recording location, to its songs populated with soaring figures from the natural world, Chris Brain renders a work embedded in folk tradition and the pastoral, with a contemporary resonance.'
While the obvious comparison here is Nick Drake, Chris' compositions are also steeped in British 70s pastoral folk and his gentle voice accompanied with his distinctive minimal fingerpicking patterns is sublime. Highly recommended.