Instrumental music written to accompany words by Michael Frearson. See the words, animated along with the music, at www.songsforspokenwords.com
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“In its sweet, low-key way, Songs for Spoken Words is magnificent. It's as if you're hosting a cutting edge artistic event in the comfort of your own office, living room or train seat. Within a few lines of “Being That Person” you're hooked. Technically dazzling and emotionally involving.”
- The Arts Desk
“Listen and marvel.” - Collective Zine
"Birkin’s violin weeps with the same frailty as Mutual Benefit’s ballads off 2013’s Love’s Crushing Diamond, and also possesses the cinematic qualities of Texas folk instrumentalists Balmorhea and minimalist composer Keith Kenniff (Helios, Goldmund). The 6 tracks flow together so seamlessly, it begs to be played on repeat. This is music meant for a turntable."
- Sly Vinyl
"...recalling the recent soundtrack works of Johann Johannsson and Scott Twynholm, his music has a brightness and bluster that suggests mechanics happily and magically working towards a greater cause. When he broods, his music still gains a hurried traction... Even at his rawest, Birkin has a penchant for lushness."
- Norman Records
"The overall mood is reflective and melancholic spanning a spectrum that ranges from the warm slow-indie vibe that bookends the album (‘Being That Person’ and ‘Goodbye’) to modern classical motifs rendered with a dash of cinematic melodrama in such achingly beautiful pieces as ‘That Night’ and ‘One’. Everything is elegantly and minimally arranged, featuring crystal clear acoustic guitar, resonating strings, and just a faint smattering of electronics. Songs for Spoken Words is worth the price of admission for the music alone; each tune is engaging, both easy on the ear and able to summon wistful feelings in the listener." - Stationary Travels
released February 16, 2015
Written and Performed by Richard J. Birkin
Words by Michael Frearson (see www.songsforspokenwords.com)
Strings performed by Dan Bridgewood-Hill & Derventio Quartet.
Produced by Snug Recording Company.
Released by Time Travel Opps | TTO*19