Nancy Elizabeth – The last battle (Leaf)

Completely spellbinding folk music with a Morricone sweep, via massed banks of female sopranos - subtly doubletracked with mouth whistles, if I’m not mistaken - marching drumbeats and bracing harp arpeggios (is that a harpsichord as well?). There is also a genius keychange involved, as if you weren’t out of your seat already. That this amount of texture and emotional range could be devised in the singer’s Manchester flat (which is reportedly tiny) is a matter of shame to any number of bands who waste studio resources creating aural turds.

Elizabeth’s third album is forthcoming later in the spring and it better be on everyone’s list.

It reminds me just a little bit of this all-time classic from 1971…


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