Rachael Dadd – Balloon (Broken Sound Music, from the album Bite the mountain)
Beautiful, exultant folk tune centered around a ukulele strum which gathers sparkles of what sounds like thumb piano, with lovely clarinet flurries. Reminiscient of Sufjan Stevens although less formal, more down-home. A tantalising foretaste of the Bristolian's upcoming album, most of which was recorded during a 2-month trip around Japan, which is the kind of back story that also gets me going.
The other album track heard by UOH, Sticking in pins, favours strings, ukulele, brushed snare and massed vocals, to equally uplifting effect.
Have a listen to this, another great tune from last year’s Elephee EP.
And another track from Bite the mountain that just came to light.
You can follow Rachael’s travels (including encounters with haybails and Japanese gobo seeds) on her blog here –