James Yorkston and The Athletes - Surf Song/ Song To The Siren

Taken from the album Just Beyond the River, Surf Song is lyrically intimate and gently warming, as may be expected from Scottish folkster, James Yorkston.

However, the main draw here is his cover of Tim Buckley's Song to the Siren, already, of course, classically covered in ethereal fashion by This Mortal Coil. Yorkston gives the track an authentic Celtic folk dressing, and never loses the air of yearning which makes this such a poignant example of songwriting. It's a comfortable, immensely pleasing interpretation of a work you can't really go wrong with, some future mangling by a boy band excepted.

Sadly, this is a vinyl only release.



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