Diamond Mine Jubilee Edition

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Diamond Mine is a collaborative studio album by Scottish singer-songwriter King Creosote and English electronica musician Jon Hopkins, released on 28 March 2011 through Domino Records. Inspired by the East Neuk of Fife, the album combines Creosote's songs with field recordings by Hopkins. Upon release, Creosote stated: "I really don't know what to do next, because, in some ways, I'm at that peak. I don't know where to go from here." The album was subsequently followed by the EP, Honest Words in September 2011, and the double a-side single, "John Taylor's Month Away"/"Missionary" in February 2012. A deluxe version of the album, titled Diamond Mine, was released in 2012.
Diamond Mine was nominated for the 2011 Mercury Prize, with Creosote noting, "I wasn't expecting it at all. [...] There's been a lot of people in the media nailing their colours to the mast with this record, and that's quite encouraging – to know that we've got supporters, and a lot of them. I'm not expecting to win, but just to be on that list. This is something I've been on the outside of forever, and now here we are. It's all good. It makes up for not selling records, anyway!" The album sold 25,000 copies in 2011.

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First Watch2:36
John Taylor's Month Away6:31
Bats In The Attic3:43
Running On Fumes6:36
Your Own Spell3:51
Your Young Voice3:26
Honest Words3:06
Aurora Boring Alias4:00
Bats In The Attic (Unravelled)3:25
Third Swan3:24
Starboard Home5:53
3 total

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April 17, 2012
℗ 2012 Domino Recording Co Ltd
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With help from part of the Talk Talk clan, producer Paul Webb and engineer Phill Brown, former hard rocker from Fife James Yorkston's third full-length album is easily his warmest and most accessible folk offering. Gently rolling opener "Summer Song" is nearly a blueprint of the album as a whole; Yorkston harmonizes dolefully for three-quarters of the track with spare backing, and then a clarinet and double bass wall infuses warmth and makes the world well. Gorgeous standout "Steady as She Goes" picks up right where the opener leaves off, with Yorkston alternating between a confessional talky Arab Strap voice and a falsetto that drifts evocatively around strings, mandolins, a weepy harmonica, and train-like brushed drums. He returns to spoken word delivery with the slow-burning and spooky "The Brussels Rambler" and the autobiographical "Woozy with Cider," where he wonders aloud if his music will eventually make him rich over an organic pastiche reminiscent of Steve Reich. The influence and hands of Webb and Brown are omnipresent, particularly in the spare plucking of "Orgiva Song," which suggests the meeting place of Bert Jansch and Mark Hollis. Just as he brought an experimental, modern touch to his collaborative work with Beth Gibbons, Webb helps Yorkston here to straddle multiple genres, from indie rock to introspective jazz all in a base of traditional acoustic folk. The album is a brittle, introspective affair, but it's brimming with perfectly timed moments of emotional release, beautiful atmosphere courtesy of Webb's masterful oversight, expert folk playing, and Yorkston's rich voice, poetic delivery, and unerring songwriting. It's simultaneously cool yet soul-revealing, sparse yet full, experimental yet grounded, and mournful yet uplifting. The Year of the Leopard is James Yorkston at his very best.
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