Saturday 30 June 2012

Christine Leakey - Shine My Tarnished Sheen

Single review by KevW

Canadian singer-songwriter Christine Leakey's recent album 'Tapping Trees In A Trinket Box Of Treasure' has been one of the finest dream-folk records released this year, using complex and interwoven sections of music and ideas to fashion a work of genuine originality and beauty, one that opens up a strange and inspiring fantasy world. One of the most hypnotic and beguiling cuts, 'Shine My Tarnished Sheen', also proved to be one of the more touching and emotive tracks, adding a spaciousness to the layers of sound and resulting in a more maudlin feel.

It's fitting that the song comes accompanied by such an exotic and distinctive video. The Asian flavour that takes over the middle section is an unconventional and unexpected twist in the music, and the mini-movie storyline that supports it adds an extra element of pathos. Being mostly filmed in India it also plays upon the experimental choice of instrumentation explored by the song. One of the album's least immediate tracks becomes, upon repeat listens, one of the more arresting and outstanding pieces of all, and adding this touching footage only serves to magnify this effect.

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