CD Reviews
Monday, 18 November 2013
Jeremy Searle

Kathleen Haskard “Where The Land Meets The Sky” (Independent, 2013) “Where The Land Meets The Sky”

Independent, 2013

  • Cinematic and noir-ish set

Recently seen on these shores with Darden Smith, Kathleen Haskard has one of those come hither voices that could move the dead.  Produced by Chuck Prophet (who also plays guitar), “Where The Land Meets The Sky” is a slinky noir set that slithers out of the speakers with sinuous grace.  Get beyond the sound though and there’s some real darkness here.  The sparse and sinister “Please Delete Me” is a brutal breakup song for the internet age while the stately pavane of “Drama In The Dark” conceals some bitter insights and bile.

Throughout there’s a cinematic feel to the music, a mean streets, Bogart, hard-bitten-ness that builds in layers and layers to create an almost stifling landscape.  Things are lightened by the likes of the up-tempo “All Your Glory” and the almost jaunty tune of “Mother of Earth” but in the main, this is a fairly intense but enjoyable listen.

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