Experimental Music Love

November 18, 2008

The Gentle Good – While You Slept, I Went Out Walking

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The Gentle Good – While You Slept, I Went Out Walking

In many ways, The Gentle Good could be the Welsh Mull Historical Society. There’s a shared story of the one man band making very personal music, all of which earns adoration from critics and broadcasters in their homeland, yet never quite grasping the attention of the rest of a discerning British audience.

Where Gareth Bonello, under the guise of The Gentle Good, differs from Colin MacIntyre (aka Mull Historical Society) is in his style, choosing a delicate folk blend of finger-picking guitar, cello and harp that doesn’t quite match MacIntyre’s power pop tendencies.

The quality is just as high though, with Bonello’s voice a tender beauty that is graceful in English, yet even more intimately exquisite when singing in Welsh. For Bonello does follow the lead of such compatriots as Gruff Rhys and Cerys Matthews, with some blissful accounts of unknown (to these ears) quantities that really need no understanding to appreciate.

The title is easier enough to make sense of though, and encapsulates what this album exists for. It’s the soundtrack to sleep, lulling and gentle, yet perfect for a crisp morning walk through leaves and frost, as your nose stings and you pull your jacket tighter, but ultimately couldn’t care for anything more. Just mind the hedgehogs.

8.0/10

Release Date: 24 Nov

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