Nev Cottee - Broken Flowers
Caught somewhere between the rain-drenched streets of Manchester and the sun-beaten deserts of America lies Nev Cottee’s third album Broken Flowers. A deeply cinematic, string-soaked album rich in atmosphere and brooding ambience. Its origins however, began in India, with Cottee trying to leave rainy-city heartbreak behind. The songs, even in sparse demo form, captured the plaintive tone of Cottee’s vocals slowly unfurling in emotional waves - the gentleness reminiscent of Spiritualized’s Jason Pierce but with the rich warm resonance of Lee Hazelwood. Cottee then took the songs to Wales to work with previous collaborator and producer Mason Neely (Lambchop / Edwyn Collins). Tom Waits’ Blue Valentine and Beck’s Sea Change were both touchstone albums during the recording process but ultimately what ends up shining through on Broken Flowers is Cottee’s own vision and unique tone - a Spaghetti Western shot on the streets of Manchester as the incessant rain hammers down.
LP - With Download.