Rusted Rail is proud to announce the release of “Ah...Good The Sea” a five-track 3inch extended player by Good Shepherd. Following the arrival of a handwritten letter and cd at Rusted Rail HQ the disc hasn’t left the stereo since. The origins of the Cambridgeshire based recording project of Duncan Poyser are explained by the man himself: “On the 20th August 1991 we sailed Good Shepherd IV the mail boat crossing the choppy Scottish waters between Shetland and Fair Isle. As the swell rose tiny Stormy Petrels bounced off the wave crests and White-sided Dolphins rode the bow. We were tied to the rails so we could use our binoculars without fear of pitching into the foaming, grey waters. Adventures at sea at sweet sixteen. Good Shepherd is my Tascam digital 8 track, I boarded her in the spring 2005 and these are my tentative sailings.” Let Good Shepherd’s hushed midnight musings and elemental, atmospheric acoustica guide you home. This 3” EP is housed in a hand-assembled and hand-stamped card sleeve featuring artwork by Jason Paul Graham.
Basically the work of Duncan Poyser, "Ah...Good The Sea" contains five perfectly formed tracks that are gently pastoral in flavour, their delicate melodies and instrumentation taking the listener on a journey through rolling hills, waving meadows and lazy clifftop days. Opening song "Sunday Morning Son" drifts in like a hazy morning, notes dancing in the sunshine paving the way for a haunting vocal line that will slow your heartbeat in an instant with its West-Coast vibe. On "Flown the Other Side" the mood is maintained, acoustic songwriting at its finest, whilst "Slow Down" has traces of John Martyn in the laid back jazzy percussion that underpins its simple melodic pleasures. Shimmering in a cloak of gentle effects, "The Beast" is softly spoken Psych-Folk, that fades like a dream before "Cold Swell Rising" brings it all to a close, melting out of the speakers to coat you in bliss, ending a damn near perfect collection that will become an essential part of your collection. - Terrascope
A lovely little 3” CD from Ireland’s fine Rusted Rail imprint. Fitting perfectly with the label’s gently undulating folky releases this features gorgeously glacial acoustic guitars, bowed cymbals and gentle half-whispered vocals, the songs ebbing and flowing reaching pinnacles. The influence of the sea cannot be underestimated, the songs have an obvious nautical theme and the whole rhythm of the thing recalls the undulations of the moving ocean, the waves crashing on things.
The most obvious influence are the gentler moments of The Leisure Society’s still brilliant ‘The Sleeper’ album, Lanterns on the Lake’s North Sea laments or many of the Fence Collective’s gentle evocative songcraft. Simply crafted but beautiful, full of longing and with hints of foggy reverb recalling the haunting folk of Songs of Green Pheasant. - Norman Records