The EP opens with the sound of birdsong and running water, but regardless of whether it s Drumnadrochit or Montana it really doesn t matter, the opening song Holding On To Each Moment immediately transports the listener to somewhere that is soothing, laid-back and breathtakingly beautiful. Gordon-Macfarlane s fiddle and McDonald s slide guitar serve to clearly lay out Birichen s musical mission from the outset and both players provide the perfect accompaniment for Sutherland s clear voice and gentle, evocative delivery. The country influences come even more to the fore with a cover of Guy Clark s LA Freeway but on the jazzy Gonnae Get Good and the poignant Smile In Your Sleep the emphasis is very much on Scottish history and culture, the latter an emotive lullaby recalling the brutal and traumatic impact of the Highland Clearances that touches on the history of the Birichen settlement and Sutherland s own family history.
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