Remember the ginger guy with the dreadlocks and the goatee? Looks like an activist at a folk festival? Released Handbuilt by Robots nearly three years ago and made a virtue of slapping his acoustic guitar? Dream Catch Me? Yes, that’s the one. He’s back with a new album.
From the opening track, Pulling Teeth, you can hear his vocal sound has moved on a little. This is also a very commercial sound, as is Soon. Brick by Brick has the lyrics and structure of a Paul Simon song and the production of George Harrison; I can think of no greater compliments than those.
After Clouds comes the excellent Pick up your Broken Heart. “Pick it up and start again.” Nice and easy. It could become something of an anthem in his live set. Long Shot and Write It on Your Skin maintain the standard. In the Morning is a slow dreamy lullaby. Stepping up again with Against the Grain reveals Faulkner’s folk roots. It’s the closest to previous tracks from the Handbuilt’ album. Sugar in the Snow finishes where we began.
Only the edition I have also has five acoustic versions of songs – including yet another version of Dream Catch Me. Oh, alright, you’re forgiven, it’s such a classic and given the ballad treatment with guitar and voice, caught me all over again.
I made the mistake of listening to this while doing my tax return, which not only got me so chilled out I kept losing the thread, but makes the whole thing seem so irrelevant.
Write it on Your Skin is a collection of pleasant melodic songs with deep folk roots. I don’t know whether that’s cool right now or not. I don’t care about cool, I just like the album. Like being wrapped in a warm ginger blanket. SC