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With over a hundred releases on his own CD-R label and an excellent recent covers album featuring the likes of Alasdair Roberts and Pearls Before Swine's Tom Rapp paying tribute, Alan Davidson (AKA The Kitchen Cynics) is a certifiable lost genius.
"I Am the Orra Loon" is the perfect introduction to his enormous back catalogue, combining new material with highlights from the past.
Recommended if you like: Alasdair Roberts, Roy Harper
"Welcoming us in with a lysergic shimmer,the title track from “I Am The Orra Loon” is a song so beautiful it could make grown men weep, the evocative lyrics cloaked in a haze of drifting sound, each moment perfectly realised for maximum effect. Containing ten tunes the album is a kind of best of The Kitchen Cynics, the album containing some of Alan's finest work, including “Jock Sheep”, Richard In Bedlam” and “The Place You Hid”.
Elsewhere, “The Wilhemina Gabb” is another beautiful song about maritime tragedy augmented by ghostly piano courtesy of Susan Matthew, whilst “Flies” weaves a gentle magic, enchanting the listener as it opens side two of the record. The songs each flowing into each other without a moment wasted until we reach the highly emotional and personal “Me Jack and Lee, and the Ghost of Skip James” dedicated to Lee Jackson and Jack Rose and a perfect example of Alan's lyrical gift, taking those small moments and capturing them for eternity, another song to bring a tear to your eye yet, at the same time,joy in your heart so wonderful is the songwriting of Alan Davidson. (Simon Lewis, Terrascope Review)