Marina Florance releases Triple ‘A’ Side
Marina Florance just won’t let us catch our breath*, giving us another lovely set of songs, unencumbered, for us to appreciate another gentle spread of the velvet voice. I’ll say it from the outset. I love “Getting Away” and this superb track is a beautiful duet with Ben Smith on the album, but her interpretation of it on a BBC interview still runs down my spine as if I were one of the parties she sang about. The song therefore had an unfair advantage on the others having been heard ‘live’. Yet, this did not overshadow any of the other tracks, not the least “The Path He Chose”, a wonderful ‘ballad’ that starts the EP, and an instant sing-along, immediately calling us all to harmonising and singing together “When will we stop sending young men to war?”. The first bonus track is Cry, a classic by now, not just for having won Florance the Oldie Composer competition or been sung by no less than Anthony Head, but just for coming back to the forefront as if it were always there and starting already to wear an aura of nostalgia in memories. The EP ends with the second bonus track , the lovely Breathe but not before giving us the slightly pacier Folk meets Country piece, and humouristically entitled “Big Legged Woman”. Another partnership with Fox Allen (Getting Away, Big Legged woman, Breathe) that just works and a new (for us at least) collaboration with Bill Mitton (The Path He Chose) that is full of heartfelt promises.
Have I said this before? Shhh… Just listen.
*I’m still not over “My own little piece of the sky” (!) and this is why.