The Little Unsaid – December Songs: Album Review

John Elliot brings his exceptional  wide ranging musical talents in this home – recorded selection of seasonal songs to bring comfort  and  joy to your winter days.

Release Date: 3rd December 2021

Label: Reveal Records

Format: CD / Digital

We have waxed lyrically about the  poetry within the music of The Little Unsaid. This melancholic and sweet album of seasonal songs should  fittingly bring warmth and cosiness . 

Including two popular Christmas songs in a spooky In Dulci Jubilo and an intricate acoustic guitar version of In The Bleak Midwinter; which is the best I’ve heard; these songs will  add to your Advent and Christmas preparations and into the early wintry months of the new year too.

The opening track Ebb and Flow  is just one of many reflective songs of how ups and downs of fortunes colour our thoughts and perceptions of the world around us. 

John Elliot isn’t just a singer – song writer; he is a purveyor of imagery – this comes through clearly in all his songs.

Clutching at the neon cloud

This morning I heard you speak

Up there from your ether bed

Where the winter branches creak 

This is just a small sample of his  evocative prose .

I know I like to quote from these songs every time I review The Little Unsaid. If you get no further than this review, at least you’ve got a taste of his beautiful, often metaphoric. style to whet your appetite.

Mostly recorded at night, his efforts to not disrupt neighbours sleep assisted in his deliberate efforts to keep it low; but with the fire and a warm drink keeping the chill from our bones, what is better than warm acoustic tones to while away the winter nights?

The simplicity of these songs is no accident as this enhances the warmth we crave at this time of year. 5am Waltz is the only instrumental. It has a soft Satie-like quality; you can almost see the snow gently caressing the ground. Bodhi Tree is hauntingly powerful and brings this intimate collection of December Songs to an end  but it will be a regular and welcome visitor to my seasonal listening.

Listen to Ebb & Flow from The Little Unsaid below.

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