suzy mangion The Other Side of the Mountain (CD, £11.95)label: pickled egg
Starting from a cupboard with a piano and drumkit in it, in Durham City, England, Suzy Mangion began her public music-making as one half of school boy/girl band George in 1994. George released a number of acclaimed secret pop records on vinyl collector labels Earworm & Bad Jazz in the late 90s, and eventually released their debut album 'The Magic Lantern' on Pickled Egg Records in 2003. An EP, 'All Good Things', was released in Spain on Lejos Discos, and the 2005 George album, 'A Week of Kindness', was jointly released on both labels. Suzy also appeared on the Piano Magic album 'Writers Without Homes' - contributing vocals on two tracks, which have been described by many as the album's highlights - and has recorded two albums with Arbol - an eponymous debut and 'Dreams Made of Paper'. Last year she made a guest appearance on the Big Eyes Family Players album 'Do The Musiking'. Suzy is also one half of The Winter Journey. 'The Other Side of the Mountain' is Suzy's first solo album, and was recorded between January and July 2006. Musically, it follows on very much from where George left off - hardly surprising, given that Suzy was responsible for writing and performing about 90% of their material. “Suzy Mangion's voice cuts through the muggy layer of post-modernism, to deliver songs that beautifully capture a sense of perpetual loss through the passing of time itself” [The Wire]. “When she’s not collaborating with the likes of Arbol and Piano Magic, Suzy Mangion writes intimate torch songs with multi-instrumentalist Michael Varty. One minute she sounds like Joni Mitchell crooning over a Wurlitzer, the next she’s whispering like Vincent Gallo’s long-lost cousin over a fragile score of guitars, chimes, strings and loops. Either way, the results are never less than mesmerising" [Uncut]. “George’s adventures in bricolage proffer to the listener the saddest, prettiest songs about early surgical cinema, living in memory or a fearful search for joy, that they will hear for a long time” [Sleazenation]. “George's suite of beautiful songs makes no vulgar attempt to grab your attention and its inward-looking focus put me in mind of the woody folkisms of Vashti Bunyan, previously the last word in this kind of hushed English fireside reverie" [The Sound Projector].
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