Weaving melody around her defiantly delicate timbre, the beautifully crafted tunes are...
Chris Long 2004-08-23
Folk isn't a genre that's usually associated with pressure, but given that Karine Polwart's Faultlines scooped her three awards from Radio 2, there's a certain expectation to the follow-up.
Scribbled In Chalk is a worthy successor. Weaving melody around her defiantly delicate timbre, the beautifully crafted tunes are as likely to bite as they are to soothe.
"Daisy" is a warning about the dark things in the world, while "Baleerie Baloo" tells the true story of a Scottish missionary who died in Auschwitz. When Polwart writes, it's not about the lighter side of life.
Best of all, she's pushing folk forward, with as much King Creosote as Kate Rusby to her sound. You wouldn't bet against a raft of awards for this one too.