SECRET ADMIRER II by Secret Admirer

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SECRET ADMIRER II by Secret Admirer

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Alexandre Dumas fled from his family home, sheltering in the woods to escape the threat of a life in the priesthood. Eventually finding himself in Paris, his immaculate handwriting allowed him to enter the office of the local notary, earning his lodgings while he wrote “the most obscene play that has ever appeared in these days of obscenity!" by candlelight.

 

Released by Lend Us Your Years

24 track cassette tape, full colour printed artwork.

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New long player on cassette from Secret Admirer; solo project of Manchester long player Nick Ainsworth. You may know Nick as singer and songsmith from Former Bullies, Dinner Party and Feel Right, or indeed from the excellent first Secret Admirer album released on CF Records in 2013. For those unfamiliar, his music is about as direct as it gets: instant, totally catchy, heartfelt but relaxed along with it; just plain great pop songs that need no further explanation. This particular collection is all `Nick, providing all his own accompaniment, so you get these things in spades, and more.

Now obviously, I’m a big fan, but I think I’m being objective when I say this here tape is something very special. The songs are short but generous; they are funny, hopeful, sad but always warm and welcoming. There are sound similarities to folk like Michael Yonkers and Skip Spence, but the actual songs are totally direct, never rambling or incoherent, always happy to be looking at you while talking to you. To these ears, the words and the music are one and the same thing, melody and rhythm play just as much a part here as meaning; the accompanying guitars, percussion and melodica sprout and grow round it all in a lovely natural fashion. It’s a beautiful place to be, and being a tape, it’s totally flippable, you’ll want to keep coming back. Anyway, words alone necessarily fall short; take a listen to ‘Every Time I Dream’ and tell me you don’t hear something special. I can honestly say that I hear someone speaking a language that can’t be translated into any other, it has to be those sounds and that song. And surely that’s the point of it all, isn’t it'

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