Single Review – Paul Smith & Peter Brewis – Exiting Hyde Park Towers

Two key leading lights of North East music have come together to create an album titled Frozen by Sight which will be out on November 17th. These two leading lights in collaboration are Maximo Park frontman Paul Smith (A Tynesider via Teesside) and Peter Brewis of Field Music (A man of Wearside) and their album is to be centred around Smith’s travel writing and Brewis’ chamber orchestra arrangements with each track relating to a place or location and intends to take you from the shores of North East England to Los Angeles. Their latest track from the album is entirely evocative of the album’s intended nature. ‘Exiting Hyde Park Towers’ has that gradual rise and fall of the louder piano chords and tumbling percussion with Smith’s vocals slotting between each musical signpost for a gentle and sweeping feel that is enhanced by the fine strings linking the parts together. A song with subtle instrumental flexibility and vocal intricacy.

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