This album by Berlin-based multi-instrumentalist Andy Aquarius is harp-led, and unapologetic about it.
Across six tracks the instrument is used subtly and with great musicianship – there are vocals as well with the opening title track and lead single giving warm and elegiac feelings of ambient-tinged folk music.
Other tracks are more pondering, more like jazz, but the overall effect is quite stilling and gives the listener space to think, without any interruptions, while there are definite signs of a classical background in the music here – no bad thing at all!
And ‘Soon We’ll Move’ has some Nick Drake-esque vocals and cadences, very nice indeed… Yes it is melancholy, but there are uplifting little snippets of light in there as well…
‘Morning Will Come’ has more a hymnal quality about it, and again the harp playing is nothing short of amazing, combined with the vocals, spellbinding at times and surely a future Celtic Connections booking beckons for this singular artist – more power to his elbow (that’s not what you play the harp with but anyway…)