Some performers ooze class without even having to play a cord or a single note. Of course when they do put together the start of a new song that you just know is going to capture the imagination and playful tug at the heart strings the only decent thing to do, the only courteous action to take is to wallow in the core of something either incredible or beautiful or…if you are really fortunate, both.
Mark One by Mark Pountney is one such album. The recording of nine really stunning tracks in which the energy and sophistication of a soul possessed by forethought and ability is one in which to savour. The acoustic equivalent of watching and cheering on the first person to cross the Niagara Falls on a rope and seeing them balance with ingenuity and surefootedness, you can’t help but stunned in appreciation and applaud with great ferocity at the end result.
Each track is carefully crafted, poured over in the way that an early Bob Dylan would have done, the fine toothcomb, made from the premium materials known to humanity and yet loved as if produced from the over cuddled remains of much loved childhood toy, could not have made the songs sound richer and more in keeping with the man if he had tried.
On this, the first of his albums to showcase his original material, Mark Pountney digs deep and yields some very cool tracks for consideration. Like listening to Mr. John O’ Connell, the richness of his voice is matched by the sheer effortlessness of his playing and it shows on tracks such as Treat Me Like You Should, the superb Angels Travel On Lonely Roads, the exceptional imagery in Minnie The Mouse and the seclusion and desperate longing in Last Chance Saloon to wonderful extent.
If this is the first of his albums to see the light of day then Mark One is a tremendous way in which to start. A great find, a talented musician and wordsmith and one who frames the eagerness of appreciation in a new and hallowed way.
Mark Pountneys album ‘Mark One’ is available on iTunes now or as a limited edition CD via his website.
Ian D. Hall was brought up in Birmingham and spent the vast majority of his teenage years in Bicester, near Oxford. He grew up loving music from a very early years.
In the last ten years Ian has written reviews for the Birmingham Evening Mail, Liverpool Live, Chris High and the University of Liverpool’s L.S. Media web site. For the last year of his graduate degree he was joint Arts Editor for L.S. Media and it has been his privilege to write on many of the arts in Liverpool, Merseyside, the U.K. and the rest of the World, having reviewed gigs as far as away as Poland and Canada.
Liverpool has been his home for the last eight years and is without doubt the most vibrant, most cultural part of the UK. His love of music and theatre has led him to see great bands and plays, not just in Liverpool but the wider artistic community. His dearest music loves are Punk, Progressive Rock, Metal, Rock, folk and pop.
Ian D. Hall graduated from the University of Liverpool in June 2012 with a degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours in English. He now edits the Liverpool Sound and Vision website.