Saturday, 4 February 2017
Armstrong - Fragments And Curiosities
Ottawa's The Beautiful Music Label is building quite a reputation. For those who want convincing, the label has a 18 song sampler available as a free download here. The label is also home to Welsh Wonder, Armstrong, whose 2009 album, Songs About The Weather, was a thing of great beauty.
Julian Pitt may hail from Wales, but he's got far more in common with Scottish Label, Postcard. Comparisons to Aztec Camera abound and in particular to Roddy Frame's solo albums. The strange thing is that he seems such a secret, almost deliberately.
Social Media is a barren land to Julian, so it relies on the likes of IDHAS to tell you all about his adventures. My own comparison musically is to imagine Teenage Fanclub fronted by David Scott of The Pearlfishers.
Armstrong are currently recording a new album, In the meantime, Fragments And Curiosities rounds up a collection of 4 Track rarities. Don't expect sonic excellence, but the album isn't intended for that. It is to make available songs from the intervening years from the only available source.
You can listen to and buy the album for download here. Buying The CD from The Beautiful Music's website will also get you Songs About The Weather Free. You can buy that here.
My favourite song on the collection is Pilgrim Heart. The sound is a little ropey, but the jauntiness shines through.
I'm already looking forward to the next stage of Armstrong's output.