It’s always a pleasure to receive in the post a little package and realise it’s an album you’ve been part of. It’s even nicer when you genuinely enjoy the music contained on it and this happened the other day when a copy of the album ‘St Clears’ dropped through my letterbox. It’s a really lovely collection of songs by an up and coming singer, songwriter and guitarist called David Roberts. String Section supplied the session strings for the tracks ‘So Long’, ‘Indian Blues’, ‘The Glowing’ (where cellist Julia Graham contributes a beautiful cello solo) and ‘Changelings’. Producer Adam Huyton and mixer Andy Seward have done a fine job in creating warmth and clarity in the sound. It compliments David’s songs perfectly as they have a gentle, elegiac and wistful quality which is genuinely affecting. You can read an extensive review of the album here:
Listening back to the finished product brought back some happy memories of the day we spent recording the strings. The studio was located in rural Herefordshire and whilst Julia recorded her cellos solos in ‘The Glowing’ I went for a nice walk across the river and enjoyed some lovely views. Julia did likewise when I recorded a couple of tracks without her – I seem to remember her returning with a couple of punnets of strawberries!
I’d like to wish David well with promoting the album and hope that it receives the attention it deserves.