It is testament to Varley’s skill as a songwriter that Kingsdown Sundown appears immensely uncomplicated – comprised almost exclusively of acoustic-guitar and his vocals – yet never feels merely simple or basic. Kingsdown Sundown is a sombre record, with Varley engaging in personal reflection and political exposition in equal measure, and while it lacks some of the wry, quirky, turns of phrase that made 2015’s Postcards From Ursa Minor a critical success, he still displays a peculiar way of looking at the world, as when he observes that “there’s 24,000 miles between someone’s back and someone’s smile” on opening track, To Build A Wall.

This is an extract from a review originally published on the 20th November 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.

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