Coldharbourstores – Wilderness
I am really surprised this didn’t get more (any?) exposure this year (or last … it’s not entirely clear when it was released). The fingerprints of Bark Psychosis‘s Graham Sutton are all over this, as producer and band member. It bears favourable comparison with his two excellent albums under the Bark Psychosis moniker, with queasy harmonies and inventive, ever-shifting instrumental work that is both real and synthetic. The singer reminds me of both Annie Clark (St Vincent) and Beth Gibbons of Portishead, adding an intimate aspect to overall sound. A brilliant, original album that deserved wider acclaim.