Vika Bull temporarily relieves Kelly of his vocal duties for My True Love Hath My Heart – the sonnet by Sidney – employing her warm vocal tones to wonderful effect, with her delivery of the pseudo-chorus (the repeated words “true love”) subtly blending styles and becoming almost transcendent. Shakespeare’s name
isn’t likely to make one think of slide guitar or harmonica, but both a judiciously applied on the piano driven Sonnet 44 And 45, and the searing harmonica solo in the outro provides a surprisingly apt flourish. Sounds of water run underneath the strong rhythms, and subtle and atmospheric organ, of Sonnet 60 which sees Kelly deliver his layered vocals – spoken word and sung – with a rising intensity until the song becomes a dark and moody, yet never cacophonous, storm of instrumentation that wouldn’t be out of place being performed by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 28th April 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.