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Album review Sweet airs

BRIAN DENNY recommends the delicate and ethereal music of an Essex troubadour

Days of Shaking 
MG Boulter 
Hudson Records 

TO borrow from Karl Marx, if you feel compelled to face with sober senses the real conditions of life, a drop of MG Boulter’s fourth album Days of Shaking wouldn’t do you any harm.

Readers may be familiar with this Essex troubadour’s tales of suburban realism and his matter-of-fact demeanour from his last well-received offering Clifftown, an album dedicated to his home town.

Boulter’s body of work penetrates the surface of suburbia to reveal the magic of the mundane and the possibilities of slipping one’s skin, being renewed and seeing life afresh despite everything that’s thrown at you. 

He ponders: “Is it true you can wake up somewhere new/ just shrug it off and transform?”

Predictable rock culture formulas of cod posturing, repetition and mindless self-medication are abandoned in favour of gentle Proustian reflection of objective realities combined with playful and unlikely observations. 

With literate lyrics and delicate vocals surrounded by sympathetic harmonies and ethereal musical accompaniments, the conversation draws in anyone who want to take part and Boulter casually leaves the door ajar. 

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