Karine Polwart releases ‘A Pocket Of Wind Resistance’ to Critical Acclaim29 November 2017
Karine Polwart & Pippa Murphy’s new album ‘A Pocket Of Wind Resistance’ has been released to critical praise. The album is the musical accompaniment to Karine’s acclaimed self-written, directed & performed debut theatre production ‘Wind Resistance’, which opened at last year’s Edinburgh Festival (recently in residence at the Edinburgh Lyceum) to 4 star reviews & multiple award nominations.
The project has been informed by Karine’s close-hand view of thousands of geese migrating to Fala Flow, a small peat bog by her home near Edinburgh. Fascinated by the way the birds take turns within their skeins to create pockets of wind resistance to aid each other’s flight, Polwart began to consider the ways in which humans depend on each other – whether we too form skeins of our own.
Speaking about the album, Karine says; “It’s a meditation on the ways in which we, as humans, protect and care for one another, and for all life, by stepping up, falling back, labouring and resting in our own fashion. In particular, it’s a hymn to mothers and birthing, to the proffering of sanctuary, to the miracle of medicine, and a reminder, a warning, about the consequences of isolating and forgetting.”
Praise for A Pocket Of Wind Resistance
Its blend of historical drama, ballad ghosts and philosophical memoir is compelling, made as intimate as if it were in your own skull by Polwart’s warm, wise, attention-commanding voice***** The Observer
A Pocket Of Wind Resistance combines powerful storytelling and songwriting to produce something special The Quietus
This record is an epic, emotional endeavour, and a stunning one, too**** the Guardian
Polwart conveys contrasting themes of tragedy, redemption, hope and homecoming with immensely affecting guile **** MOJO
Draws together several narrative and observational threads into a taut allegorical message about community and progress **** the Independent
Birds chirp and rustle; Polwart’s narrative voice nestles in the ear***** the Financial Times
One thing that’s always set Polwart apart as a folk singer is her willingness to push the genre forward ***** The Skinny
Watch the video for ‘All On A Summer’s Evening’ – directed by Marry Waterson – here: