Our album of the week this week comes from Irish songwrtier Vyvienne Long and her gem of a debut album “Caterpillar Sarabande”, its was due to come out late last year so I am glad to say its been well worth the wait.
Long, Vyvienne-Caterpillar sarabande-Finally the debut full length album from irish singer / cellist vyvienne long. The much awaited follow up to her mini album birdtalk from 2006. The album features twelve brand new tracks including the by now famous track happy thoughts [featured on a recent tv advert]. Before going solo vyvienne is probably best known for her work with damien rice [both in the studio and live]. She seems to have been born with talent oozing from every finger, add that to the voice of an angel and you have one very very talented individual. She is probably best known for her cello work but she is also a mean piano player as you will her on several track on the album. The album features a truly beautiful mix of sultry chamber pop, kooky folk and string led laid back summery pop sounds. There are elements of the kind of kooky pop of the likes of either kate bush or bjork but this woman does have her own distinctive take on this kind of string led pop vibe. Its beautifully dramatic at times with extra added strings just adding to the overall orchestral feel to the album. Its definitely something a bit different to the general singer songwriter sound and a real understated gem it is too. March 2010.