Seasoned in wildwood, an intimate mingling of cozy indoors and stirring outdoors.
Right off the top, a soft, downward swoop that could be the air beneath the wings of a short-eared owl, gliding down the fell in full daylight, quartering off the moorland. As nil.co, Colin Crighton is said to have previously made “deep, swampy music inspired by a love of delta blues,” but Slowly Comes the Morning is definitely indigenous to his home in the northern Pennines, its crisp air and blue for a moment, cloudy again skies.
Music for people who work with their hands and imagine worlds in their heads, nil.co reaches for things close by but grasps country miles. A guitar album as much as it is ambient electronica, Slowly Comes the Morning has trace elements of southern backporch blues (“Home”) nestling comfortably beside spongy new growth in the soggy moss (“Spring Tides”) and the star spangle of “25 Years Stronger.” The raw-air shiver of “Vapour” is an apt prelude to the voluptuous, getting-out-of-bed stretch of the title track. Seasoned in wildwood, an intimate mingling of cozy indoors and stirring outdoors.
Slowly Comes the Morning is available on Sparkwood.