₪ Idle Mind ₪

 

Irish multi-instrumentalist, Anna-Mieke, deftly interweaves folk and philosophy on her entrancing title track, ‘Idle Mind‘. The song expresses a frustration towards apathy, in the face of dramatically changing landscapes.

Idle Mind‘ is one of those albums where the title track truly deserves its title status. From the first bars. Mieke’s inventive vocal delivery contains hints of Laura Marling but also Sandy Denny. For us, this is the standout song in a very good album.

Folk influences abound Idle Mind’s soundscapes: driving indie emerges from brooding atmospheric opening. A haunting, pulsing fusion of Americana and mountain roots folk with an earthy fiddle groove. Mieke’s cello drones sit underneath neatly percussive guitars and a layered arrangement of auxiliary instruments such as the bouzouki, piano, and drums.

Not only a solo performer, but a collaborative artist also, Mieke joined forces with a diverse mix of other artists. Most notably, Brían Mac Gloinn (of folk duo Ye Vagabonds) who, as well as playing on all of the above, adds drones on Indian harmonium and fiddle accompaniment.

amFor any song skippers amongst you none of the songs on this fine, brightly produced album is short. There’s always something interesting in the mix.

Anna Mieke’s songs with their infinity of interlaced traditions and her voice with its alluring melody of intimacy is a wonderful and very welcome gift”
– Philip King, Other Voices

 

To sum up, it deserves a deep listen. So do listen, savour the quality of this album, and enjoy it!

 

RIYL: Laura Marling, Sandy Denny