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Withered Hand: New gods (Slumberland, Fortuna POP!, 2014)

Withered Hand

Normalmente suelo asomarme a casi todo lo que tiene que ver con el Pop hecho en Escocia. En este caso, con mayor intención, puesto que junto a Dan Wilson (aka. Withered Hand) han colaborado lo más florido de la escena musical escocesa: produciendo aparece Tony Doogan (Belle & Sebastian, Mogwai, Mountain Goats, Teenage Fanclub), e invitados de la guisa de King Creosote, Eugene Kelly de The Vaselines, y mimbros of Belle & Sebastian (Stevie Jackson, Chris Geddes) y Frightened Rabbit (Scott Hutchison).
El resultado, sin embargo, al menos a mí no me resulta tan satisfactorio como esperaría. Demasiadas baladas, demasiadas concesiones a la Americana más plúmbea (la obsesión escocesa por acercarse al Folk-Rock), mucho medio tiempo… aunque, eso sí, también aparecen algunos temas de los de oír y enamorar: Horseshoe, Black Tambourine (con la colaboración de Pam Berry, miembro del grupo del mismo nombre), King of Hollywood… momentos puntuales de buenas melodías y aproximaciones Jangle. Desgraciadamente, son pocos los momentos de entretenimiento.


“Slumberland Records is proud to announce the new album by the Edinburgh based folk-rock troubadour Dan Willson, who records as WITHERED HAND. New Gods is his stunning second album, following his critically acclaimed debut Good News.
Active in the world of visual art and dabbling in music for many years, Withered Hand’s Dan Willson came late to singing and songwriting at age 30, in a period of reflection between the death of a close friend and the birth of his first child. The resultant material, much of which went on to become the album Good News, has been praised for its depth and startling honesty.
Withered Hand has been embraced by Fife-based musical powerhouse the Fence Collective (whose sovereign King Creosote guests on the new album), seen his songs picked up on MTV and cult series Skins, and gained a legion of fans including Jarvis Cocker and Rolling Stone Magazine (who named Willson an “Artist to Watch”).
A prolific live performer, recent Withered Hand shows have included collaborations with Pam Berry of seminal 90’s US noise-pop band Black Tambourine and a rotating cast of musical friends embellishing Dan’s exuberant and original songwriting alongside fragile and uplifting solo performances.
The long-awaited second album (produced by Tony Doogan – Mountain Goats/Belle & Sebastian etc – and part-funded by arts council body Creative Scotland) features guest appearances from the likes of Pam Berry, Eugene Kelly of The Vaselines and members of Belle & Sebastian and Frightened Rabbit.
The five years since Good News was recorded has seen Willson honing his song-craft, building his audience and gaining critical momentum. New Gods is a beautifully executed collection of songs from one of Scotland’s most gifted songwriters” (Slumberland)

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21 septiembre, 2014 - Posted by | Withered Hand

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