Nick Mackrory ‎– Elle Dit

Colona Records ‎– Colona001
Vinyl, 12"



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February 3, 2015

Review from Piccadilly Records / Manchester.

After a couple of mostly electronic compositions on Cornwall's cosmic leading Forgotten Corner imprint, Nick Mackrory launches his new offshoot Colona with the organic sounds of this debut EP. Turning back the clock about a dozen millenia, Mackrory turns his gaze from one peninsula to another on "Elle Dit" paying homage to the dreamy chansons of Brittany and beyond. The breezy little number sees Harry Collier's gorgeous French vocals perfectly placed atop the relaxed strum of the accoustic guitar, dreamy synth washes and the gentle percussion of tambourine, bongos and shakers which mimic the sea perfectly. For the flipside we swap the sea breeze of the French riviera for the spiritual sounds of the Mother Continent. "Zulu" sees Mackrory combining the astral tones of a cosmic sequence with tribal percussion and those exotic melodies perfected by Javier Bergia and Finis Africae. Last but not least, "Prime Meridian" delivers a hit of that authentic White Isle insanity thanks to a lilting rhythm, a wonky fairlight brass melody, body moving bass and twinkling keys. Instantly bringing that Ku promotional video from '85 to my mind, this one's magically got my hair in a dodgy ponytail.