The warmth from of Soldier Heart reaches you the second you hit play. It was so good I listened to it twice in one sitting.
A copy of the debut album from Melbourne singer songwriter Siobhan was waiting for me after a gruelling 24hr flight from the UK. The CD arrived unexpected and unannounced, without any notation or fanfare. It’s a good looking CD with some cool cover art and a card from those nice people at Maths and Magic, a PR company that you can trust for quality folk music.
Right from the outset the music that enveloped the house soothed and warmed my soul, healing the parts of the body that tea alone can’t reach. Simple folk structures with solid guitar playing and light piano accompaniment gently shimmer through the way dappled light plays under a tree.
Confessional lyrics, voiced by Siobhan’s almost husky vocals give way to some brilliant musical arrangements. It’s easy to listen to to, without being easy listening. It can be a little obvious at times but it only adds to the familiarity, which in turn, adds to the warmth of Soldier Heart. Listening to this record is like listening to the tales from an old friend. The album is available in May and can be streamed via Soundcloud below. For those of you in Melbourne head The Toff in Town on the 23rd May to catch the Album launch. I’ll be playing tracks on the show this weekend on Bondi FM and more details are available here.