RIYL: Iron & Wine, Jose Gonzalez, Mutual Benefit

Label: self-released

Recorded in a barn in rural Herefordshire, Bristol songwriter Will Cookson compiled a collection of bucolic soundscapes bursting with heart-stirring affirmations that remind us of the simple beauties around us that we often overlook.  These songs are the soundtracks to those fleeting moments when everything feels perfect, even for a split second.

There is a familiar warmth in Cookson’s whispered vocals that I’ve heard in artists like Jose Gonzalez, Joseph Arthur and Sam Beam, but there is an intangible sincerity in his inflections that gives me goosebumps.  Married with pianos, cellos and acoustic guitars, Ghosts of the Morning Sun is a masterful emotional pilgrimage from beginning to end.  Escape from those hectic daily routines for a bit and listen to the full album below.  I think you’ll be glad you did.

The Details

Special gatefold vinyl edition of the album, for the superior listening experience! Fully replicates the warm, organic sound of the original recording, and comes in gorgeous colour gatefold sleeve with lyrics on the inside. Also includes a postcard featuring artwork by Canadian artist Hugh Cronyn (my grandfather), whose painting Thames Light is used as the album cover (while stocks last!).

Price $19.5

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