Sunday, 14 December 2014

Best Albums of 2014: 6. Kid Face - Samantha Crain (Full Time Hobby)


Samantha Crain provided two of my most memorable experiences of the year.  The second was her mesmerising set at this year's Green Man Festival in August; long before that, Kid Face had already established itself among the finest albums of 2014.  Crain's songs exude a fractured melancholy, with subject matter so emotionally fraught it's compelling in the way watching a disaster unfold is.  But they're wrapped up in a gorgeous melodic sheen and delivered by a voice that's two parts angel and at least three parts all too human, and the overall effect is to provide, if not an airlift to safety, then at least a powerfully glowing humanity amidst the wreckage.

And yes, I'm aware that in some parts of the world this release was available in 2013, but it didn't reach me till this year so I'm going with that.

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