‘Icarus Girl’ is the debut album from Cardiff based Siobhan McCrudden who is gifted with a truly distinctive and beautiful voice and has been gaining a reputation in recent years on the South Wales music scene. There’s always the risk that when a solo performer enters the studio they get overpowered and end up with someone else’s vision. However, this album provides a sympathetic production and arrangements that truly enhance her material.
The album opens with “Cassiopeia’s Chair” a subtle and airy song with some distinctive double bass and fine harmonies. There is also “Icarus Girl” a gorgeous mid-paced song that wouldn’t have sounded out of place at a Greenwich Village coffee house circa 1966. However, there is a darker, more contemplative side to Siobhan’s music and on songs such as “Following You” and “Fragile” there is a melancholic and hypnotic beauty. The arrangements and musicianship on the album deserve particular mention as exemplified by “Oh Little Red” which has a stunning string arrangement of which Robert Kirby (Nick Drake) would have been proud of.
Icarus Girl is a truly captivating and beautiful debut album by a singer who is gifted with one of the finest voices in contemporary UK folk music.