Jinnwoo - 'Strangers Bring Me No Light'

by Kyle McCormick
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on 31 August 2016 in Albums & EPs
Record Label GFM
Rating 8/10

Haunting and distinctive, Ben Webb's striking vocal is what defines the dark folk music of Jinnwoo, his musical vessel. Years in the making, and held in secret whilst arrangements were altered and collaborations were arranged, Strangers Bring Me No Light is a considerably personal debut record, from the insightful lyrics to the prominent self-portrait which graces its face. ‘Solo Man’ opens the album with a taste of yearning as shimmering instrumentals create a landscape of fragile beauty, by contrast ‘I Am, I Am, The World’s Oldest Man’ has a strong sense of introspective melancholy, whilst the broad strumming of ‘You Should Be Feeling This, Elliott’ brings the opening trio of tracks to a charming close. ‘Woman’ and ‘Wild Hare’ sees Jinnwoo reach a frenetic peak, whilst preceding single ‘Waiting For “P” To Have A Vision’ strikes a harmonious tone, and throughout all ten tracks there is a sense of intimacy. Created by that characteristic vocal and its sometimes speech like delivery combined with unobtrusive instrumentation, the personal feel makes Strangers Bring Me No Light sound like a stranger regaling you with their tragic story in the background of a trendy house party. Webb has evidently invested considerable care into this record and it shows in its beauty, with the guest contributions only adding to the musical calibre.


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