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A Bird In The Hand

10.00

Full-length album 2008

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“A thoughtful, highly personal set, this sounds as though it was influenced by gently introspective English folk-blues guitar heroes such as Nick Drake, but it was recorded by a South African singer-songwriter. Nibs van der Spuy is an impressive guitarist who also plays Latin American instruments such as the cavaquinho or quatro. Here he sets out to produce the most sensitive and breathy songs on the continent. There are occasional African references here: the first song starts with the lines, “You never were alone/ An abandoned house on a Mozambican plain,” and there’s one mention of “a war that made no sense at all”. But the overall mood is gentle and reflective. At times, Van der Spuy’s delicate approach verges on the soporific, but when he injects just a little energy into his laid-back songs, the results are far more impressive. So Cry for You starts in typically low-key style but is transformed by the subtle use of bluesy harmonica and keyboards, while instrumental pieces such as Brunette on a Bicycle show off his classy, gently sturdy guitar work.” – The Guardian

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