The sun is shining, spring is springing and the remarkable debut album from Ash Wilson, Broken Machine, is threatening to smash the windows with its sheer brilliance; could anybody wish for anything more?
Oh the pleasure that waxing lyrical about an album of so much quality gives. With the gritty opening number Show Me How To Love You being tough to leave behind, World’s Gone Crazy offers up a similar dilemma. And so on … and so on throughout a ten track list of mesmerising, musical dynamite.
Words of a Woman recounts a tale of domestic strife. Yet in Wilson’s exquisitely accomplished hands – aided and abetted by Phil Wilson on drums, Laurence Jones bassist Roger Inniss and King King keyboard maestro Bob Fridzema – the layers of this sentient story become ever deeper. And then there’s the blistering solo capping things off; a musical extravaganza that makes the breath hitch somewhere mid-chest and there it remains until the final note finally fades.
This isn’t just a song. This is a moment; something to be shared, adored and exalted.
So just when you think the heights have been scaled, along comes The Hitcher featuring Jesse Davey, which sears itself into the psyche like the sweetest, most painful of experiences; its smoky, smoking vocals and cool, laid back vibe lulling and cajoling like a new mum cooing her offspring on a warm summer evening.
The dynamism and eclecticism of Broken Machine is quite astonishing. Its heartbeat the unmatched quality of its exponent, its blood, breath and sweat the overall and everlasting impression the album leaves. Hold On Now, its pounding bass line overlaid with stunning guitar work, and the closing chilled ambience of Holding Hand underlines still further the classy nature of the album’s creator.
Ash Wilson is a truly wonderful musician, singer and songwriter whose future is brighter than a solar flare and whose debut album Broken Machine is a feast for the ear, heart and soul.
Label: Wilson Brothers Music
Other Editions: MP3 Download
21 April, 2017
Show Me How To Love You
Worlds Gone Crazy
Peace and Love
Words of a Woman
Out of Time
Hold On Now