King Creosote & Jon Hopkins - Diamond Mine
There aren’t many albums that begin with the clatter of crockery and a Scottish-accented waitress attending to customers. Diamond Mine, however, is all about ambience, specifically that of a Fife coastal village. The bed to folkie King Creosote’s ever mournful whine is made up of such background noise, strumming guitar, piano and, on ‘Bubble’, electronic pitter-patter. Producer Jon Hopkins' work here isn’t that distant in effect to some of Sigur Ros’ quieter noodlings. Long outros blend the tracks of this short album together, but the balance between gentle experimentation and melody is just right. Often it’s hard to decipher KC’s words, so it’s fortunate much here is communicated through the melancholic, nostalgic tone. By the time lullaby and final track 'Your Young Voice' ends, the listener is bound to be feeling soothed.