King Creosote & Jon Hopkins - Diamond Mine (4 stars)

Plaintive vocals and guitar meets atmospheric melancholic soundscapes

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King Creosote and Jon Hopkins - Diamond Mine

(Domino Recording Company)

This was apparently a labour of love between Fife folkster King Creosote and London electronica artist and producer Hopkins, recorded in fits and starts over the last seven years. It’s a beautifully complementary collaboration, Kenny Anderson’s plaintive vocals and guitar strums making a great counterpoint to Hopkins atmospheric and melancholic soundscapes.

Homely hisses and creaks gently filter through sweeping strings and synths to give songs like ‘Running on Fumes’ and ‘John Taylor Starts His Month Away’ a new lease of life, subtly bringing a fresh dimension to King Creosote’s bittersweet melodies and leaving the listener in an oddly uplifting dwam.

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