We first heard of Shetland Isles native Inge Thomson through her work with folk collective Harem Scarem and their collaboration with Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy on last year’s spectacular live album, Is It The Sea?, and later through her recruitment to the Karine Polwart Trio. We have yet to hear Inge’s debut solo album Shipwrecks & Static in full, but the songs we have heard suggest an eccentric listening experience that draws as much on electronica as it does on traditional folk instrumentation, all tied together by Inge’s gorgeous little-girl voice. This cover of Sandy Wright’s ‘Tears Of The Sun’ is taken from a forthcoming double album on Navigator Records, out in February, featuring one side of Wright himself and one side of covers of songs from his 20-year back catalogue by the likes of Karine Polwart, Eddi Reader, Roddy Woomble, Chris Wood and more. Teaming up with husband Martin Green, most famously a member of Lau, Inge delivers an atmospheric reading of the song, full of vibraphone, accordion and hisses of static.
Head over to The Independent’s website for free downloads of 29 other songs – some old, some new – from the Reveal Records / Navigator Records family, including A Camp (‘Love Has Left The Room’), Madam (‘Call America’), Joan As Police Woman (‘Real Life’) and Rachael McShane (‘The Gardener’).
FREE MP3: Inge Thomson & Martin Green, ‘Tears Of The Sun’ [via The Independent]
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