Where to find it?
Purchase on 180 gram vinyl: here
Cd version(with different cover): only available at live events !
CLASS M PLANETS – DEERPATH
Using a variety of musicians, Adam Goldman has created a wonderful collection of gently flowing songs that have a lo-fi heart yet sound alive and timeless thanks to their arrangements and sympathetic production values.
Catching the ear, “Kind Of” opens the record with a wistful guitar and soft vocals, reminding me of In Gowan Ring playing the songs of Bright Eyes, a drifting piano adding an extra dimension to the song. Equally lovely, “True Compass” has lyrics that spin pictures in your brain, the sweet tune giving the words a magical cloak on which to fly, whilst “Timepiece” has a rockier feel, thanks to the up front drums, although the gentleness remains just below the surface.
Throughout side one there is a beautiful flow to the album each track perfectly situated on the disc with the magnificent folk sweetness of “Riverbound” being the absolute highlight, sounding like The Incredible String Band circa 1968. To end the side, “Gravity” leads you out into a dappled woodland glade for a bit of a jig and a refreshing glass of ale before side two.
Ensuring the quality continues, “Umbrella” has a slightly jazzy feel and interesting synth lines running through it, whilst “Broken English” is slow and nostalgic with lovely vocals from Kaitlyn Ni Donovan that add variation to proceedings.
As the collection plays, your ear catches melodies, fragments of lyrics stick in your head and you find yourself humming along and tapping your feet with a smile on your face until, eventually, the album ends with the title track itself, an energetic strum of a song that offers hope and encouragement in this strange world of ours.
Working with artist Cary Porter, the album is housed in a magical gatefold sleeve that is illustrated with fantasy creatures, all involved in a quest, giving the cover a narrative feel that fits perfectly with the musical contents and giving you plenty to look at whilst it plays. Something of a slow burner this album is a pastoral triumph, a delightful collection of tunes that is perfect for a chilled evening around the fire. (Simon Lewis)