REVIEW: Clowes in The Scotsman

Thanks to The Scotsman for the four star review of the new Trish Clowes record A View with a Room!

Writer Jim Gilchrist says:

Saxophonist Trish Clowes and her band My Iris – guitarist Chris Montague, drummer James Maddren and Ross Stanley on piano, Fender Rhodes and Hammond organ – pull off a beguilingly inventive mix of shadow and luminosity to this album, its lyrical warmth tempered by certain shady spookiness. The perky groove of the title track quickly showcases the individual talents of the band, while The Ness is a surprisingly edgy response to images of the East Neuk of Fife, opening out to a sublime conclusion with echoing guitar, murmuring soprano sax, lapping waves and seabirds. There’s lyricism, too, in Morning Song, with its glittering piano, contemplative tenor sax and guitar and unhurriedly precise drumming, or the beautifully lingering Ayana. The closing Almost is initially tentative but picks up forward motion, sax piping gently over ruminative guitar piano and cymbal hiss to a warmly expressive conclusion.

Read the full piece here.

A View with a Room will be released on April 22nd. You can pre-order the album on CD and digital here.