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VA - Made To Love Magic (15 Tracks In The Spirit Of Nick Drake) (2023)

VA - Made To Love Magic (15 Tracks In The Spirit Of Nick Drake) (2023)

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Folk, Indie Folk, Baroque Pop | Label: Uncut Magazine

OUR FREE CD! MADE TO LOVE MAGIC: To accompany this month’s Uncut cover story, a free 15-track CD of music in the spirit of Nick Drake comes with the issue. Inside, you will find tracks from the likes of Joan Shelley, Adrianne Lenker, Cass McCombs, Robyn Hitchcock and more!

1 JAMES ELKINGTON
Make It Up

We begin with an opener from songwriter and producer James Elkington’s debut, 2017’s Wintres Woma. Of course, it borrows the frantic picking, nimble double bass and speedy percussion from Nick Drake’s “’Cello Song”, but the rest is all Elkington and his own muse.

2 JOAN SHELLEY
Haven

With a low-strung guitar lazily strummed, a short runtime and a plaintive melody, this cut from Shelley’s Like The River Loves The Sea (2019) seems to channel the stark isolation of Pink Moon through the lush fields of Kentucky.

3 DAVID BREWIS
High Time

Far away from his usual work with Field Music, David Brewis’ recent album The Soft Struggles mixes sophisticated songwriting with jazz textures, languid piano, brushed drums, strings and saxophone, much as Drake did on something like Five Leaves Left’s masterful “Saturday Sun”.

4 ADRIANNE LENKER
Womb

This solo cut from the Big Thief songwriter’s 2018 LP abysskiss showcases her firm, metronomic picking style and her love for wild alternate tunings, both attributes she shares with Tanworth-in-Arden’s favourite son.

5 THE DELGADOS
Reasons For Silence (Ed’s Song)

While Motherwell’s finest always had a noisier streak, they loved strings and skyward-fluttering flute from the beginning. Here’s one of Emma Pollock’s songs from 2000’s career-peak The Great Eastern, written in an open tuning and aglow with bittersweet melodies.

6 JUNI HABEL
Drifting Pounds Of The Train

The bucolic, rural feel of much of Drake’s work is captured here by Norwegian singer-songwriter Habel in a piece from her new album, Carvings. Woody, picked acoustic guitar keeps this six-minute song rolling along the tracks, while ambient strings blossom in the background.

7 CASS McCOMBS
Real Life

Though he’s generally an electric guitarist, the bard of the Bay Area occasionally straps on an acoustic: in this hushed highlight from 2019’s Tip Of The Sphere, he’s mixing tabla, droning cello and embers of piano with a pensive gem of a melody.

8 JESSICA PRATT
Greycedes

Pratt’s complex structures and Tropicália-infused chords echo the languorous, sun-dappled harmonies so beloved of Drake on his first two albums. Even so, strange premonitions hover around the fringes of this miniature treasure from the songwriter’s second album, On Your Own Love Again. “Oh, stargazer,” she calls, “gaze for a while…”

9 ELIJAH McLAUGHLIN ENSEMBLE
Interlude

An intermission in the Ensemble’s 2022 record, II, this contemplative instrumental combines McLaughlin’s vibrant picking with buzzing cello, jangling mandolin and an ever-rising air of eeriness.

10 JOSÉ GONZÁLEZ
The Void

While some of 2021’s Local Valley found González experimenting with electronic beats, this track retains his usual hypnotic fingerpicking, rippling across his nylon-stringed guitar as his low, whispered voice unhurriedly weaves a potent spell.

11 JUANA MOLINA
Un Beso Llega

On this track from her 2006 LP, Son, the pioneering Argentinian songwriter gradually layers galloping acoustic arpeggios with loops of serene, velveteen vocals and peeling electronic tones. The textures are more experimental, but there’s an air of Drake’s measured single-mindedness in this epic.

12 JIM GHEDI & TOBY HAY
A Year And A Day

The latest, self-titled album from these British acoustic guitarists often recalls Bert Jansch and John Renbourn, sometimes Davy Graham or Martin Carthy, yet on this piece their light-fingered propulsion and major-key meditations are most recognisably Drake-esque.

13 DANIEL ROSSEN
Unpeopled Space

You Belong There, Rossen’s 2022 solo debut, showcased his singular style: there was his fluid acoustic guitar, of course, and his skills across a range of instruments, but also
an ornate gloom at its heart reminiscent of Drake’s crafted, detached takes on the darker
side of life.

14 SAM AMIDON
Spanish Merchant’s Daughter

A light-footed folk piece from Amidon’s self-titled album, it finds the American songwriter mixing traditional lyrics with lush, jazzy instrumentation, most notably the saxophone that winds its way through his words.

15 ROBYN HITCHCOCK
I Saw Nick Drake

We close with this psychedelic troubadour’s surreal and mournful take on the late songwriter. They could have crossed paths at Cambridge if Hitchcock had been a few years older, but instead he had to meet him in a dream: “I saw Nick Drake/And he was fine…”

Tracklist
01. James Elkington - Make It Up
02. Joan Shelley - Haven
03. David Brewis - High Time
04. Adrianne Lenker - Womb
05. The Delgados - Reasons for Silence (Ed’s Song)
06. Juni Habel - Drifting Pounds of the Train
07. Cass McCombs - Real Life
08. Jessica Pratt - Greycedes
09. Elijah McLaughlin Ensemble - Interlude
10. José González - The Void
11. Juana Molina - Un beso llega
12. Jim Ghedi & Toby Hay - A Year and a Day
13. Daniel Rossen - Unpeopled Space
14. Sam Amidon - Spanish Merchant’s Daughter
15. Robyn Hitchcock - I Saw Nick Drake

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