On his second album, Melbourne-based songwriter Tim Richmond has again teamed up with producer Nick Huggins (Kid Sam, Love Connection, Mick Turner) to craft a work of curious beauty.
Drawing on stark imagery and intriguing narratives, Richmondís experimental-pop vignettes drift at times into unsettling, sparse arrangements.
However, thereís nothing random or unconsidered about Dot; the songs have been meticulously shaped, guided by an aesthetic which is the product of all the artist has heard, seen, felt, read and experienced over the years.
The words are concise; the music, melodic and dynamic, while the production provides texture and dimension. Kishore Ryan (Kid Sam, Otouto, Where Were You At Lunch) contributes a skewed angle to the drumming.
Buoyed by its haunting melodies and beguiling Flying Nun-like understatement, Dot would sit comfortably alongside distinctively antipodean albums like The Molesí Untune the Sky and The Chillsí Kaleidoscope World.
SIDE A: 1) I Guess It Goes 2) To You 3) It's Always 4) Dot 5) In a Click
SIDE B: 6) Lone Ranger 7) Windy Day 8) Heat 9) Wanting To Do 10) I Guess It Goes (Instrumental) 11) Hot Coals