Dusty Colours - Iron Boxes
Sometimes, people of my advanced age, can occasionally get maudlin and pine for lost opportunities. Never has that been more true than in matters of music. That feeling is one I again encountered when I first heard Iron Boxes. Why the hell couldn't I have been doing stuff like this when I was seventeen? (Answer - I wasn't any good at it - more's the pity). I am not usually a great fan of acoustic-based folk. It has a place and a time but it is rarely something which compels me to listen to it with any great regularity or purpose. That is definitely not the case with Iron Boxes.
The opening track, "Sometime after New York", is a quite sublime piece which conveys feelings of futility to a degree which you would not expect from such young musicians and lyricists. And later, just to show that this was a not a fluke, up comes "On a Scuppered Ship". Dusty Colours are two guys from Cheltenham in England who have been making music together since their late teens. They display a depth and a maturity which belies their years and certainly makes for an interesting listen. It is quite amazing how such beautiful music and such thoughtful words can emanate from minds so young.
Alan Hanson once said "you don't win anything with kids."
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