#682: 2011, King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, John Taylor’s Month Away

by Charlie_East_West on April 30, 2013

This week, due to family circumstances, I have gone back to where I once belonged.

So here I am looking across the fine old university town of St Andrews.

So here I am sitting in the Old Course Hotel overlooking the 18th fairway of the Old Course.

So here I am revisiting the places where I grew up, and where many of my family and friends still live.

St Andrews, and the East Neuk of Scotland – It is small yet incredibly vibrant. It boasts beautiful landscapes, golf courses, culture, academia, and some of the most interesting people I have ever met. Christ, even Prince William and Kate Middleton caught their first glimpse of each other here. It is also the home of Kenny Anderson (King Creosote).

King Creosote has produced many a fine folk song, but in 2011, he produced the lovely album Diamond Mine in collaboration with electronica wizard Jon Hopkins. The album was loved by the critics, and even bagged a Mercury Prize nomination.

The whole album is sparse, tender, and describes itself as ‘a romanticised version of a life lived in a Scottish coastal village.’

I have chosen the wonderful John Taylor’s Month Away as the track that both encapsulates this beautifully vivid ambient album, and where I am sitting right now.

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Eddie Kaye April 30, 2013 at 1:59 pm

King Creosote of course had a bit of a reputation for sitting on the fence…

…try the veal :)

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George_East April 30, 2013 at 2:12 pm

I love this album. Beautiful and evocative stuff.

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