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St Kilda is the side-project of Last Days’ Graham Richardson. Having issued three critically acclaimed albums through the evergreen n5MD, St Kilda acts as a distant counterpart or reprise to the themes established on his Last Days 2006 debut ‘Sea’.
From the lonely wind sounds that usher in opening number “This Small Boat” to the pure elegiac beauty of closing track “The Sirens”, St Kilda projects an emotional depth not normally associated with primarily digitally performed sound.
Warm, shimmering soundscapes are formed using drifting, melancholic drones and subtle, heart-breaking harmonic shifts which mingle with intriguing forgotten sounds and digital scree.
JasperTX’s seminal “I’ll Be Long Gone Before My Light Reaches You” remains a suitable reference point and perhaps the more wistful aspects of Stars of the Lid’s repertoire. With four tracks gently unfolding over twenty minute duration, St Kilda will most definitely tug at your heart-strings, but those who listen deep enough will discover a journey of triumph over adversity.
* For your own listening. (C) Graham Richardson 2009