Kirsty Merryn – Our Bright Night

Album Review | Self Release | Review by Allan Wilkinson

If Kirsty Merryn’s first outing She and I was a celebration of inspirational women throughout history, then the London-based singer songwriter’s follow-up concentrates on tales of the supernatural, revealed in a dozen beautifully crafted songs and tunes. Blending traditional song with her own compositions through thoughtful piano arrangements, Kirsty creates an atmosphere of ethereal enchantment, inviting a few special guests along to help tell the stories of ‘ghostly lovers, thieving politicians and cunning little foxes’.

Phil Beer provides the fiddle on “Banks of the Sweet Primroses”, which spars effortlessly with Kirsty’s strident piano and confident voice throughout. Kirsty’s own “Constantine”, a love song to a Cornish beach, features a duet with co-producer and multi-instrumentalist Alex Alex, whose breathy voice perfectly compliments Kirsty’s, in one of the album’s definitive moments. From the rugged coastline of Cornwall, Kirsty elicits the help of Sam Kelly, a couple of hundred miles east and a short ferry over the Solent to the Isle of Wight for another album highlight, “Shanklin Chine”, a haunting song delivered by two completely compatible voices. Magical and at times otherworldly, Our Bright Night is an album to lose oneself in.

Choice Track: Shanklin Chine (NSV 501)