Doug Tielli – Keresley (Tin Angel Records)

Doug Tielli – Keresley (Tin Angel Records)

That the catalyst for Keresley was Doug Tielli having lost his passport would seem to be strangely apposite, for it is a record that captures the sound of a world in miniature as seen and heard through the eyes and ears of a man who was to suddenly find himself in temporary exile. Last summer, Tielli, a native Torontonian, was marooned in this foreign land and holed up for two months at the home of his record label in the Warwickshire village that was to eventually give his second album its name.

Immersed, quite literally at times, in the local countryside, Tielli absorbed the sights and sounds of rural Warwickshire and reflected them on Keresley the album. It is a dense, sprawling, pastoral creation whose huge span stretches beyond both time and place. It travels across decades and continents from East to West, North to South picking up all manner of Malian, Scottish and American hitchhikers on a musical journey that warmly embraces blues, jazz, folk, gospel and an occasional hint of the avant-garde.

Built around the cornerstones of two epic pieces of music – ‘Oak’, as solid as its title suggests and steeped in the grandest traditions of Caledonian folk it meshes early Incredible String Band with mid-period Van Morrison; and ‘Being Mist’, where another man’s sketches of Spain greets his local brass band and then evolves into the most wondrous contemplation of life itself – Keresley is Doug Tielli’s vision of one world and it reveals more and more of its seemingly opaque structure with every single listen.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Keresley was released on 30th September 2013 through Tin Angel Records

Catch Doug Tielli live in the UK in October 2013:

12 October – Sebright Arms, London(Doug Tielli Headline Show) (Tickets)
15 October – Capstone Theatre, Liverpool  w/ Trembling Bells
16 October – The Tin Music & Arts, Coventry w/ Trembling Bells
19 October – South Street Arts Centre, Reading w/ Trembling Bells
22 October – TBC, Edinburgh  w/ Trembling Bells
23 October –  Glad Cafe, Glasgow w/ Trembling Bells

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