If You Lived Here You'd Be Home By Now – A Room Dim At Noon

Album Review by Austin Tasseltine | 01 Nov 2011
  • If You Lived Here You'd Be Home By Now – A Room Dim At Dawn
Album title: A Room Dim At Noon
Artist: If You Lived Here You'd Be Home By Now
Label: Self-released
Release date: 7 Nov

Despite diligently working their way round Glasgow for the last few years, this is only the second full-length release from IYLHYBHBN (longest abbreviation ever). Whilst there are a number of significant contributors and collaborators, mainstay Clare Simpson's delicate compositions and captivating voice lie at the heart of almost everything. There are obvious immediate comparisons to be drawn with the likes of CocoRosie and off-shoot Metallic Falcons but, for the more invested listener, the enigmatic influence of Tom Waits is also very evident.

This album is comprised of a series of original works interspersed with an eclectic array of cover versions, including a haunting rendition of Wild West classic Black Hills of Dakota, a sultry take on Elvis classic Girl Of My Best Friend and arguably the album highlight in a gorgeous reworking of Feed The Birds, foraged from the Mary Poppins soundtrack. Meanwhile the self-penned numbers are more experimental and to good effect, with Married an especially well formed little lullaby. [Austin Tasseltine]