After listening to the deeply personal folk arrangements from Richard J. Birkin, you’d expect him to reside in some small town in the sprawling countryside of West Texas or in a cottage near the Appalachian Mountains.  Birkin hangs his hat across the pond in the United Kingdom, though, once again proving that folk music has no boundaries or creeds.

Birkin’s violin weeps with the same frailty as Mutual Benefit’s ballads off 2013’s Love’s Crushing Diamond, and also possesses the cinematic qualities of Texas folk instrumentalists Balmorhea and minimalist composer Keith Kenniff (Helios, Goldmund).  Birkin’s talent is at the forefront here, showcasing his prowess with banjos, acoustic guitars and every string instrument you can imagine.  The 6 tracks flow together so seamlessly, it begs to be played on repeat.  Get your white vinyl copy while you can, folk fans.  This is music meant for a turntable.

The Details

Ltd. to 250 copies. Single-sided cream coloured 12" vinyl with printed inner sleeves. Comes with free download.

Includes unlimited streaming of Songs For Spoken Words via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

Edition of 250

Price $13.4

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