Terry Hiscock – Falling More Slowly

Album Review | Self Release | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 4/5

Terry Hiscock’s contemporaries back in the late 1960s and early 1970s would have been the likes of Fairport Convention, Fotheringay and Steeleye Span, foremost bands of the early days of British folk rock, though his band Hunter Muskett, named for an eccentric Cornishman, never quite achieved the same level of success.  Perhaps best known for his song “Silver Coin”, covered by Bridget St John and Archie Fisher among others, Terry returns with an album of songs that clearly show that the intervening years have been kind to him and that his voice remains warm, his writing thoughtful and his musicianship very much intact.

Falling More Slowly is not just a bunch of songs banged out to flog at gigs, in fact it’s anything but.  This stylishly crafted album brings out the best in these songs, with originals such as “From Here to Rosedale” a song about the blues singer Robert Johnson and “Where Are You Now (Sweet Marie)”, which is a love song reminiscing on those evenings listening to Dylan records, notably his titular Blonde on Blonde period heroine.  There’s a couple of familiar non-originals, the gospel tinged “Jesus on the Mainline” and the wonderfully entertaining “She Broke My Heart”, each prefaced with an atmospheric musical interlude, “Shenandoah”, “Blue Moon” and “Wild Mountain Thyme” among them. For the delicate “Dave’s Song”, Hiscock hands over the vocal duties to Gaynor Taylor, whilst Essex-based Noel Gander delivers “One of These Days”, otherwise it’s Terry Hiscock all the way.  An impressive and long overdue debut.

Choice Track: “Jesus on the Mainline” (NSV 487)