Without giving Inner World a listen, you could easily be fooled about the sound of the Donna Fullman’s debut album. On her website she describes herself as “Indie Folk” and the scrolling text at the top currently tells you that it’s #4 in Reverbnation’s folk chart, and producer Simon Janes has worked with Mary Hampton. Even on opening track By The Fire, you could still be lulled into thinking that this is a folk album, with it’s acoustic guitar and haunting refrain.
I’m pleased to say that there’s a lot more to Inner World than just folk. After the first track, the instrumentation builds up – percussion is played on a kit, and guitars get plugged in. The overall feel is more of the classic female singer songwriters of the late sixties and early seventies.
This is an album for playing late at night with the lights turned low. Album closer You Are My Love could have been a lost Zero 7 track, and the tempo never really picks up too much, save for my personal highlight What Would You Do? which I could picture Roy Orbison singing, maybe turning up on a David Lynch soundtrack.
Inner World has had a lot plays at Brighton Music Blog HQ since we got hold of it, and it stands up well to repeated listening. I doubt this will be straying too far from the stereo for the foreseeable future.
Inner World is out now on Lyrically Speaking Records, and can be bought through Donna’s website.