Huw Costin: Something / Nothing: Signed

Something / Nothing: Signed

Huw Costin

  • £9.99
  • Release Date 10/06/13
  • In Stock
Product code
SSU0012013
Format
CD Album
Label
SpecialSoundUnit

It doesn’t take Huw Costin and his second solo album, ‘Something/Nothing’, long to get to the heart of the matter. Less than 45 seconds, in fact. Amidst grand orchestral sweeps and cannon shots of brass, the Nottingham based singer, songwriter and producer delivers the killer line: “Yes, I believe that we are doomed”. It’s not the most optimistic opening to an album, but anyone who’s heard Costin’s debut, ‘Regrets’, will know that lyrical transparency and candid sincerity are trademark qualities in his work.

‘Something/Nothing’ exhibits a true understanding of the ebb and flow of romance, recalling the rush and passion of both love and loneliness and carrying out sometimes painful but always heartfelt post-mortems on now disintegrated relationships.

Musically the album is expansive, eloquent, and honest. From the opening, grandiose strains of ‘Doomed’ to the fragile closing chamber strings of ‘Butterfly Girls’, ‘Something/Nothing’ is far more than a standard singer/songwriter album, having far more in common with some of the artists Costin admire most: Robert Wyatt and Roy Harper, Brian Eno and The Beach Boys, Julian Cope and Joni Mitchell. You can hear them all: in the details his lyrics offer, in the minutiae of his arrangements and harmonies, in the lack of self-consciousness he demonstrates.

Costin has worked with both Brian Eno and Mark Lanegan but mostly his musical journey has been a ramble around the more obscure reaches of the indie world. He’s as influenced by folk, country and rock of the 60’s and 70’s as the Nottingham ambient scene of the early 90’s and has been compared to the likes of Big Star, Elbow and Jeff Buckley.

*Signed copies are strictly limited and will be sent out on a first come, first served basis. One signed copy per household. Once all signed copies have been sold the offer will be taken down and replaced with an unsigned version of the album.