Strike The Colours - The Face That Sunk A Thousand Ships
After providing tour support to the likes of Idlewild and Malcolm Middleton, Strike The Colours is Jenny Reeve's first solo foray into the spotlight. Her music treads a familiar path, with hints of folk, country and Crowded House melancholy but even on first listen you're struck that this is not just another review CD - this is something special.
Having spent several years working on other people's projects, it's clear that Reeve has watched, listened and learned. These are songs that have been properly crafted, the militaristic drums of "Young Upstart" an example of the care and attention devoted to the arrangements, elevating them beyond being the product of just another female singer/songwriter. "Bare Legs In A Storm" might be her ace, like a lost Delgados waltz as covered by Tori Amos, with one of those heartbreaking codas that other artists seem to have forgotten how to write.
With only six tracks, some might discount "The Face ..." as not much more than a demo release. Oh that others would understand brevity! These are precious and rare gems indeed.
Buy "The Face ..." direct at the Strike The Colours website.