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'Turtle Dove'   

-  Label: 'Fika Recordings'
-  Genre: 'Folk' -  Release Date: '13th May 2016'

Our Rating:
The artist formerly known as Andre Herman Dune has forged an idiosyncratic solo career after the demise of much-loved (by me at least!) three piece indie-rock band Herman Dune.

This nomadic outsider claims to have recorded more than 100 albums which may be an exaggeration but I for one am not counting.

I get the distinct impression that he has an unlimited supply of songs, the recording of which depends only on when and where he can gather together a few friends with plenty of wine and beer on hand to help the creative juices flow.

In our 21st century, Brinks has defined himself as a master of the European calypso and released albums made in East London with The Wave Pictures.

For this new record he has recruited a Norwegian folk collective as his backing band and the twelve unplugged tracks are enhanced by fiddle, bağlama, trombone and double bass. It comes with a bonus download of a 2-track single comprising Too Much Women and For The Road.

The songs reaffirm the artist's belief that death defying love burns brightest after a few drinks. To this end, booze, birds and bees combine for what amounts to a series of saucy sea shanties designed to be sung on dry land (they were recorded in an un-manned lighthouse in south west Norway).

"I'm going to do as I please" Brinks announces on the joyful Come Come Springtime. As if you ever doubted it for a minute!
  author: Martin Raybould

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