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-  Label: 'Squiggly Records'
-  Genre: 'Folk' -  Release Date: '12th May 2017'

Our Rating:
Nomad, Martha Tilston's seventh album, was conceived on the back of her previous record (The Sea) and, as with that collection, was written at a cliff-side cottage in Cornwall.

The peaceful setting clearly appealed to this English singer songwriter's desire for a simple life but she is also a woman who likes to be on the move. This need to be in motion and experience new things is the thrust of the title tune Nomad Blood.

Coming from a strong musical background undoubtedly influenced this personality trait - her father is Liverpool born singer-songwriter Steve Tilston and the Irish folk singer Maggie Boyle is her step mother. Fish Tank is about her own experiences in the music industry.

In other songs she seems to deliberately snub the confusion and technology of the modern world for a life which is as uncomplicated as possible. The cover is a cartoon image is of a young woman stretched out on a branch over a congested highway.

"It feels like I'm always learning how to be in this world" she sings on Green Moon while on Climbing Gates she reflects that "real life doesn't seem all that real these days"

The fragile voice and mellow acoustic arrangements all contribute to a record that is pleasing to the ear but requires that the listener buys into Tilston's insular and self absorbed vision of life in the 21st century.

Martha Tilston's website
  author: Martin Raybould

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