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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