Songs for Spoken Words

EP · LP, DL & App · 2015

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"A beautiful project, a lovely idea.”

Lauren Laverne, BBC 6Music

“Songs for Spoken Words is magnificent. Technically dazzling and emotionally involving.”

The Arts Desk

"...recalling the recent soundtrack works of Johann Johannsson and Scott Twynholm, his music has a brightness and bluster that suggests mechanics happily and magically working towards a greater cause. When he broods, his music still gains a hurried traction... Even at his rawest, Birkin has a penchant for lushness."

Norman Records

“Listen and marvel.”

Collective Zine

“The 6 tracks flow together so seamlessly, it begs to be played on repeat. This is music meant for a turntable.”

Sly Vinyl

“…worth the price of admission for the music alone; each tune is engaging, both easy on the ear and able to summon wistful feelings in the listener.”

Stationary Travels


Written, performed and produced by Richard J. Birkin
Recorded and mixed by Robin Newman.
Strings performed by Dan Bridgewood-Hill & Derventio Quartet.
Mastered by Joe Caithness Mastering.

Inspired by the poetry of Michael Frearson, and based on live guitar improvisations with the poet.

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