Jodie Nicholson – Golden Hour

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

Jodie Nicholson is a young singer songwriter from just outside Darlington, whose songs are sensitive, often full of melancholy and always thoughtfully written, performed and produced.  Though originally released back in September on CD, Jodie’s desire to release Golden Hour on vinyl, which she describes as her ‘let’s go for gold’ moment, has been helped along through additional funding from her friends and fans via Kickstarter, during probably the most difficult time in the history of the music business.  When I began reviewing albums, the format was almost exclusively records, then known as ‘records’, now known at best as ‘vinyl’ and at worst as ‘vinyls’ plural.  There was the odd cassette, though I would steer clear of eight-track cartridges, which in my opinion were only good for radio jingles.  These days, the 12” record is a much sought after goal for many young aspiring artists and I completely understand the reasons why.  If you’ve laboured over your art, then why wouldn’t you want the fruits of your labour pressed into a long playing disc, wrapped in a sleeve that you can actually see and read, whatever’s printed on it?

The songs on Golden Hour are the sort of songs that benefit from the warm sound produced by records, songs like “Crossroads”, with its rich piano accompaniment and ‘heavenly’ choir, or “Losing Track”, the focus single, with its multi-track sparring vocal and the dreamy “The Rain”, an album highlight.  “Oceans” reappears towards the end as an extended mix (Pinch & Dash’s Envoxa Remix), which is possibly the only track on the album to get the party going on Saturday night, while the earlier version of the song, together with the rest, is very definitely for Sunday morning.  The songs deserve to be heard in this format and hopefully one will find itself between my Red Nichols and Harry Nilsson LPs before too long.

Choice Track: Losing Track (NSV 505)