What does it sound like?:
Sabrina Piggott’s roots are in County Cork and folk music. Her voice is pure, even if the Irish brogue sometimes mangles the vowels in a manner similar to Björk. She has a distinctive style of playing the acoustic guitar. A champion bodhran player, it is rhythmic rather than melodic, very effective at ratcheting up the drama and intensity in her songs. Her wings have taken her from Ireland and beyond Folk. David Crickmore produces this debut, giving her plenty of space as though he’s recording her in Iceland. It helps he brings a bag of tricks including Electronica and found sounds. He’s a multi-instrumentalist who used to be in a synthpop band with Bill Nelson in the eighties. David Hornberger’s cello adds colour and authority.
Roots And Wings is a hybrid of old and new, acoustic and electronic, Folk and Pop. It’s full of passion. Sabrina sings with a powerful conviction, feet firmly planted on the floor, chin held high, even in the quieter moments. Each song has the story-telling of Folk at its heart but delivered in a thoroughly modern way. Roots And Wings captures Sabrina caught on the horns of a dilemma. Does she stay home with the comforts she knows or she does take off to an uncertain future, driven by that relentlessly rippling guitar?
In the end, everything depends on the quality of the songs. As ever, the strengths are the weaknesses. A mesmerisic rhythm leaves little room for hooks, bridges and big choruses. Nevertheless, there is much to admire and to enjoy, especially if you allow yourself to be swept along by the flow. Roots And Wings has enough unusual characteristics to attract interest and in Sabrina a beautiful voice that will never be a chore to listen to.
What does it all *mean*?
The question is, does Sabrina have enough to be heard above the maelstrom of Folk/Pop? She’s certainly worth a try.
Goes well with…
Hope for the future.
Might suit people who like…
A strong female voice.