2007 Double CD reissue of Nick Pynn's first 2 albums.
Nick PynnIn Mirrored Sky / Music From Windows (Roundhill round 007) Two-for-one re-release of multi-instrumentalist's first two albums from the mid-1990s. Pynn has an unerring ear for a good melody, and backings by Herbie Flowers et al, bring out the subtleties of the tracks. The extra live tracks show that he can cut it on stage as well as in the studio, and the whole package is a good introduction to one of England's best instrumentalists and composers. www.nickpynn.co.uk fRoots January/ February 2008
Roundhill/ROUND 007 Is this rocknroll at its most subtle? Equally at ease backing Steve Harley as he is B*witched, this versatile multi-instrumentalist has shared stages more recently with Arthur Brown and Jane Bom-Bane. Nevertheless, since the release of a debut solo album, 1995s In Mirrored Sky, Nick Pynn has deserved attention for worthier reasons than association with famous personalities. Some might seize upon comparisons to Clifford White, Stairway and other of Britains foremost New Agers. Yet, while adjectives such as celestial and atmospheric may spring to mind while getting a handle on this 2-CD reissue of In Mirrored Sky and 1999s Music From Windows, the contents are too daring, unsettling even, for this to remain neatly pigeonholed. Just listen to the stop-start hoedown of The Correct Selection Of Gears, or let Pynn's acute ear for melody wash over you and you'll realise that this goes far deeper than any more ethereal music. If you stick Music From Windows (which is here supplemented by in-concert excerpts and a soundtrack to a ballet) on instant replay one rainy afternoon, you will no doubt feel a sort of pleasant, nostalgic melancholy creep in.*****