This is the 3rd time I’ve featured a cover of ‘Song To The Siren’. Not that the original was bad, in fact Tim Buckley’s original is a completely moving piece of work. It’s just that the vast array of covers seem, more often than not, near as inspired as the initial take. James Yorkston is the latest artist to work his magic and his sparse application will knock you sideways. Yorkston has been making waves recently as his 3rd album ‘The Year Of The Leopard’ stealthily positions itself as a folk classic. Listen to ‘Summer Song’ and watch as you morph into a contemplative monk. Yorkston’s voice betrays its earlier incarnation with Huckleberry, a punk rock outfit with a penchant for heaping on the decibels. Nowadays all Yorkston needs is a rocking chair and a acoustic guitar to sweep anyone within earshot into his lair of softly drafted dramas. Highly recommended. KD
James Yorkston – Song To The Siren
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