Too Long In This Condition

Shorn of the post-rock drones or experimental leanings of some of his earlier solo work, Too Long in This Condition finds the Scottish traditional singer Alasdair Roberts pressing a vast crew of collaborators into the service of a folk vision that bears little relation to any other contemporary interpretations of the genre. The Burning of Auchindon’s rumbling rhythms, electric bass and scything lead guitar nod towards the modal intensity of some of the 1970s acid-folk bands, but centre stage, for the most part, is Roberts’s impossibly fleet finger-picked guitar and quavering voice, dancing over Shane Connolly’s lithe and nimble rhythms.