Review: Ed Harcourt – Time of Dust
Published on January 22nd, 2014 | Jonny Abrams
Ed Harcourt’s new mini-album Time of Dust leads the swirling piano isolation of last year’s Back Into the Woods LP into more darkly cinematic terrain, interspersed with shuffling rhythm sections and emotively literate vocals.
It’s composed and classy enough to be filed alongside the likes of Grizzly Bear and Andrew Bird, similarly tapping into an otherworldly state between wake and sleep, making a marvellous mystery of it all without surrendering melody.
“We All Went Down with the Ship” is particularly wonderful here, its frantic, clattering stop-start beat propelling along the haunting melodies overhead, while “Parliament of Rooks” is tempestuously baroque to the point of being really quite chilling.
“Ready to move from this world to the next one” sings Harcourt, and he has been for a while now. Time to follow him.
Time of Dust is out now on CCCLX Music.
Rocksucker says: Three and a Half Quails out of Five!