A huge thank you to Nick West at RnR Magazine for a great late review of my debut album, It’s Not A Matter Of Space, in this month’s edition of the mag.
Here is the review in full:
“Keith M Thomson is the singer and songwriter from The Penny Black Remedy – a much loved, oft-wild, raucous, cross-cultural ensemble from the capital. Like many a prolific composer he’s found himself with a cache of material not quite suiting his band, but too good to discard; hence It’s Not A Matter Of Space’.
An almost solo recording, Keith plays everything and produces while bandmate Marijana Hajdarhodzic adds extra vocals as required. Penny Black Remedy’s renowned tongue-in-cheek darkness is a little less to the fore, but a self-deprecating black humour still thrives here.
Atmospheric and moody, we’re in Richard Warren meets Barry Adamson territory; lots of twang, reverb and echo. The title song opens proceedings, and immediately conjures an underpinning of menace. The rush of ‘Going To War’ follows but the whispery treated vocals offset any great sense of optimism.
What does come to the fore us a vaguely cartoonish vibe; a warped Merrie Melodies or freaky Disney thing. It’s hinted in ‘Overly Familiar’, and then perhaps overt in the strange almost-instrumental ‘Halcyon Days; a strange stasis with skittering – like rats in the skirting board – and a disembodied voice as it heads to its conclusion”
RnR Magazine July/August 2017. Available to buy in shops now.