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Review: 'Turkey Vulture'
'Christmas Apart'   

-  Genre: 'Folk' -  Release Date: '31st December 2020'

Our Rating:
Less a case of turkeys voting for Christmas, as Turkey Vultures celebrating surviving what has been for many a bleak so-called festive season, the Connecticut heavy music duo’s farewell to 2020 is a surprisingly un-heavy acoustic number.

A reflection on a strange and difficult year, frontwoman Jessie May recounts how ‘the chord changes and lilting vocal melody are loosely built from The Pogues’ classic Christmas tune ‘Fairytale of New York,’’ and how she and Jim Clegg ‘recorded the song at home with Garageband [software, not an actual band] on New Year’s Eve – adding ‘it’s not flawless, but we wanted to capture the idea before the time had passed.’

That sense of capturing the moment gives the performance a real immediacy, and conveys the spirit of the buzz of musicians performing together and spontaneously. The fact that, thanks to modern technology, they’ve been able to whack it out to a global audience within hours of recording is not only remarkable, but also serves as something of a reinforcement of the song’s sentiment – despite being apart physically and geographically, it’s always possible to be together, not only virtually but more importantly, in spirit and in thought.

The singing in places is a little wonky and the sound is rough and ready, but what shines through is the sincerity and humanity in this heartwarming little song.

  author: Christopher Nosnibor

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