I didn’t want to open my cd of Ingrid Plum’s Tunnel Recordings EP. Not because I didn’t want to hear what was on it, but because the packaging was so nice – a handmade origami case, closed up with a wax seal. And my cd is number one of a hundred. But it wouldn’t be much of a review if I just told you what the outside was like.
We’ve already written about Ingrid this week, after her set at Monday’s Bleeding Hearts Club. The cd contains five acapella recordings each recorded in one take in a tunnel in Brighton (I’ve been told where it is, but I’m also sworn to secrecy!), the reverb from which gives the tracks a curious feeling of intimacy. The sound sits somewhere between folk and hymnal music, raw and laid bare, and the effect is quite disarming – so rarely is music presented in such a stripped down form these days.
Despite such an old sound, all of the songs on the EP are modern : Three songs are original compositions by Ingrid, supplemented with a poem by Yeats put to music by Ingrid and a cover of Chris T-T’s M1 Song (shown below at monday’s Bleeding Hearts). The EP is available to buy via Bandcamp.