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6 Degrees Entertainment

Title - Solace
Artist - Held By Trees

For those unaware, founding Dire Straits member David Knopfler and former Pretenders guitarist Robbie McIntosh are among the many respected musicians who are contributing to a new instrumental project called Held by Trees.

The collective, led by composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist David Joseph, and who released their new single called “Mysterium” on November 12th, 2021, come April 2022 will then bring forth their superb 8-track debut album, entitled Solace.

Joseph describes Held by Trees’ music as somewhere between David Gilmour-era Pink Floyd and the later, prog-rock-influenced work of British new wave band Talk Talk and you simply cannot deny his words once you yourself get to weave your way through their incredibly enriched sound.

Indeed, the latter is no surprise, considering the fact that several musicians who worked with Talk Talk — and on the solo recordings by that group’s late frontman Mark Hollis — are featured throughout this album.

They include seven veterans of the seminal, and aforementioned Talk Talk and Mark Hollis solo albums, along with Tim Renwick (Guitar - Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Eric Clapton), Mike Smith (Sax - Blur, Damon Albarn, Gorillaz), David Knopfler (Guitar - Dire Straits founding member), Gary Alesbrook (Trumpet - Noel Gallagher, Kasabian, Super Furry Animals) as well as parts from blues/roots legend, Eric Bibb, Dutch rising-star, Just, and ambient composer, Unknown Replica.

1. Next To Silence
2. In The Trees
3. Rain After Rain
4. Wave Upon Wave
5. An Approach
6. The Tree Of Life
7. Mysterium
8. The New Earth

This quite mesmerizingly opulent full-length album, and one audibly made using a similar approach to TT’s Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock, with Joseph inviting musicians to improvise over his rhythm patterns and chord progressions, opens on the atmospherically purposeful, spatial gossamer of Next To Silence and the translucent ebb and flow of In The Trees and follows those up with the gentle growth within the percussional Rain After Sun and then some sweepingly ambient, delicately rhythmic moods within Wave Upon Wave are brought forth.

Having blended in his own spontaneous compositions and field recordings made in Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset, the result from Joseph is a unique album that, and without a shadow of a doubt, carries the DNA of the aforementioned TT records, and yet still manages to stand with its own identity.

Perhaps none more so than the diaphanous construction of An Approach and the, at times, ornately delicate, at others, a captivating performance of layered chord progressions and guitar genres that come together for The Tree Of Life, with the album rounding out on the definitively diaphanous gossamer of Mysterium, coming to a magnificent close on the adorned, and thus gently flamboyant The New Earth.

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