Mark Barrott ‎– Sketches From An Island

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Baby Come Home 4:23
Dr. Nimm's Garden Of Intrigue & Delight 4:22
Go Berri Be Happy 4:46
Essene 4:01
Formentera Headspace Blues (Pts. 1 & 2) 9:02
Deep Water 5:58
Island Life 4:17
Back To The Sea 2:24
Sacred Islands 10:14

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SecretSquizza

SecretSquizza

May 20, 2019
referencing Sketches From An Island, 2xLP, Ltd, 180, IFEEL029
Essene is the introduction to the future loop foundation track Omerta on the LP "Conditions for Living".
jamesbreeze

jamesbreeze

March 3, 2019
referencing Sketches From An Island, 2xLP, Ltd, 180, IFEEL029
I love this album. I have listened to it many, many times and it never fails to charm me.
steveoptix

steveoptix

July 20, 2018
referencing Sketches From An Island, 2xLP, Ltd, 180, IFEEL029

I purchased this for Baby Come Home, every other track is a bonus!
Feelgood sunshine vibes, friendly, warming, beautiful. Artwork is good but not why I purchased this album!
the_gashman

the_gashman

January 25, 2018
referencing Sketches From An Island, 2xLP, Ltd, 180, IFEEL029
This definitely got a repress. There were never this many brand new copies for sale the first 18 months after release: now there's over 20. Anyone with a new copy prepared to compare matrix numbers with the OG? Otherwise you're selling a repress and claiming it's an original...
WonderSoil

WonderSoil

September 20, 2017
referencing Sketches From An Island, 2xLP, Ltd, 180, IFEEL029

One of my all-time favourite artwork. I have to admit, I bough the record more for artwork and the concept, rather than for the music itself.

Anywhere I've looked this record has received rave reviews. But after three years and a bunch of listens I really have to say that "Sketches..." is overhyped. I have a lot of respect for Mark Barrott, both historically, and where and who he is today. He is a talented musician, has a beautiful vision and I've really enjoyed some recent interviews with him.

But I still can't get over that this album simply sounds cheap and doesn't equal the impressive package. Barrott has openly said that he prefers a minimal laptop/software-based production setup today in the sunlight rather than in a dark basement studio. I totally get his point, but when the outcome suffers from sounding like cheap copies of original hardware and of original 80's/early 90's Balearica, then I lose attention.

Barrott has got a great sense for melodies, and especially "Formentera Headspace Blues" is a fairly nice track. But most of this have already been done many times the last 30 years, but in a less beautiful package of course. So I wonder - am I the only one who sees the flaws of this album? Are all these 5/5 ratings honest, or did some of you also fall for the idea of the album rather than the music itself?
bartoszkruczynski

bartoszkruczynski

December 1, 2016
referencing Sketches From An Island, 2xLP, Ltd, 180, IFEEL029
'Baby Come Home' contains a sample from 'Regatta' by The Milan Pilar Group
luke_richardson

luke_richardson

July 1, 2016
referencing Sketches From An Island, 2xLP, Ltd, 180, IFEEL029
We need a repress of this beaut! Don't miss out on the new album.
noveladasnove

noveladasnove

June 9, 2016
referencing Sketches From An Island, 2xLP, Ltd, 180, IFEEL029
fantastic album, timeless music that has melody and depth, carrying an exquisitely executed theme of summer, beach, relaxing, reflecting, and loving, all siphoned through the mind of Mark Barrott. the artwork and packaging is just the cherry on top. 5/5.
TIM

TIM

January 14, 2015
referencing Sketches From An Island (Vol's 1 & 2), CD, Album, IFEEL029CD

Very happy I stumbled accross this album. And this label in the past 2 years. This is a good reflection of where the label is. The 12"s are a bit more for the laid back dance floor and the full lengths are for the summer days, lounge chairs and beach. This one is particularly nice. Definitely a happy and tranquil album. All of what cafe Del Mar and Balearic sounds were aiming for in 1992-1996. Unfortunately trance took them over and they became anthems. But at the heart of Cafe Del Mar esque sounds are this. Acoustic guitars, birds chirping, beautiful synths, gentle pace and a hodgepodge of serene music to take your worries away. And compliment the scenery. This album does that. Essence for example. Think of John Beltran without techno. Or a Jose Padilla. Sacred islands is my favorite track. Simple but sublime. Wonderful. This is about as close to a perfect album in this mood as you can get. There is even an italo Mediterranean feel to the album as well. Solid A grade for this work.