Joe Wilkes – Looking for the Grave of Garcia Lorca Vida Music
This London-based singer songwriter has an old head on young
shoulders, and this is an articulate and accomplished third album.
The wordy lyrics float over delicate, spacious musical arrangements
and Wilkes matches his melodic sensibilities with a storyteller’s
lyrical focus, using grainy string quartet, thick harmonica, dirty
saxophone or sensitive harmony to embellish his thoughtful musical
tales. There is a mid-Atlantic feel to this album for me, with
guitar flourishes reminiscent of Giltrap or Jansch, the occasional
Dylan touch and vocals that cross Ben Ottewell (Gomez) with James
Taylor and add the odd John Martyn-esque slurs. This is a
refreshing contemporary album from a talented chap.
- David Pearson -Power of Prog