Steven Lindley, Sunbird Records, Shuffle

Steven Lindley

 

So here’s a first — an album already (figuratively) set on “Shuffle”.
Due to almost continuous involvement with many gifted musicians, creating and performing music in all sorts of genres, it has taken a few years for Steven to put together this, his own, album.
A true labour of love, the songs and instrumentals within it encompass a wide range of themes and styles. From the existentialist (prog. rock homage — yes, that’s right!) opener to the bar room sprawl of the closing track, “Shuffle” throws up a lot of surprises — Desert Blues, Latin Jazz, English Folk and more — are all in there. Ah,  you say, well that is what happens after “too much food — too much wine…”
Steven has intermittently performed his music, live, generally as a (guitar based) solo act for some time, but the completion of this album has predicted the existence of “The Uncertainty Principle”, a collective of talented players to present “Shuffle” in a full band context. If you can find the position of them their momentum may be immeasurable.

Steven Lindley, Shuffle, Sunbird Records

 

This is what Nick Toczek had to say in his (★★★★★) review of “Shuffle” in R2 (Rock’n’Reel) Magazine (March/April 2014):

“Here’s an extraordinary album within which Blackburn-based Lindley, virtually single-handedly, takes us on a grand tour of popular musics. The six-minute ‘Fallen Star’ is prog rock in the mould of early Moody Blues. Good, but not to my taste. Stronger by far is ‘Line In The Sand’, a sharply worded political blend sampling Rashaida nomad music. ‘Maybe’, a slice of classic keyboard love-song balladry, is followed by ‘Buenos Noches Buenos Aires’, an orchestrated Latin dance instrumental.  All change for ‘Billy Ruffian’, a faux-trad full-band seafaring folk song set during the Napoleonic Wars, beautifully executed, as is the album’s second instrumental, ‘Penny Rag’, which showcases nifty fingerpicked acoustic guitars, Doc Watson style. Wonderful ‘Resolution Time’ is a Christmas song for a new world freed from booze, baccy and betting. ‘Sentimental Lover’ is a tender, smooth-flowing, lightly-jazzed love song with a late-night cabaret feel. The seven-minute ‘dharmaRama’ lays electronic disco beats and keyboards over Eastern rhythms to which are added sampled Buddhist chants, and a trance-like repeated lyric line, like a Tibetan Pet Shop Boys. And to finish, we get ‘Travelling Light’, a jaunty steel-guitar blues song in the style of Clapton, John Mayall or early Fleetwood Mac. Shuffle those genres!”