It’s been a long time coming–eight years in fact–but Robin Auld has dropped his new album, Everlovin’ Wind and it comes as an extended reflection of his enduring classicism.
Penned over the course of his career really–“I’m Sorry”, an extended jazz-inflected instrumental track has been part of his live repertoire for the last twenty-five years–and produced over a five month period tucked away in Kalk Bay, it sees him play across his genre scope, while consistently leaning on his quintessential old-school blues-rooted sound.
Formative roots meet a desire for some experimentalism. Enduring blues tones are rife throughout, from the nostalgia-soaked “Bays of Blue” and “Lines of Fun”, to the solace of “Zambia”. But then there’s plenty of folky influence scattered throughout as well. “Weaverbird” is an ode to the old timer surfers – the ones who shape boards in Kommetjie and paced the coastline in old kombis.
He throws in some maskandi rhythm too–all chiming acoustics and jangling guitar tones–in both “Sunny Skies” (classic and uplifting) and “All About a Boy” (which navigates the wrenching loss of friendships), while “Underground” brings a refreshing dose of energy into play with a rollicking rock-infused tangent.
- Advertisement -
The result is an opulent and varied offering from an artist whose years on the scene show both his commitment to his sound, and his dexterity within that.
Feature pic supplied by artist