'With the release of ‘Despite the Snow', Emily Barker has recorded as strong a collection of acoustic folk songs that I have heard for a long time.' Americana UK
'...her voice rings clearly among the acoustic arrangements, stripped of studio frippery and all the better for it carefree simplicity.' Q
'Barker charts the flowering, the joy and the pain of a new love with intensity and insight...An album of quiet power.' Rock 'n' Reel
Despite The Snow, the 2009 album by Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo, has been re-mastered and re-issued on Linn with three bonus tracks including alternate versions of both 'Disappear' and 'Oh Journey'. Emily's award-winning song 'Nostalgia', the theme music for the acclaimed BBC TV show Wallander, appears for the first time in both its original and bonus TV versions.
Despite The Snow was recorded live in just four days and the spontaneity of the performances is reflected in the simplicity of the production which showcases Emily's gorgeous voice and sharply observed lyrics. Critically acclaimed upon its release Despite The Snow garnered several four star reviews and prompted The Times to declare: 'The hills have yet to be emptied of gold if you know where to look.'
View the booklet in full here.
NB: Studio Master quality of tracks 14, 15 & 16 are of the format 44.1kHz/ 24bit.