Thom Carter returns to his folk roots under the moniker Menhirs of Er Grah for a fourth album of love songs and tales from the heart.
With nods to Jackson Browne, Nick Drake, Supertramp and Bob Dylan, bristling with the energy of acoustic guitars and cranked, smokey pedal-steel, keys, bass and drums, ‘From Here to You’ is an album rich in emotional song-writing and melody. Ripe with nostalgia, memories of lost love, and the cutting, double-edged wit and optimism that made his last release (‘Billy Cross’s Daughter’) a candidate for such critical acclaim, this is an album to listen to time and again.
Reviews of 'From Here to You':
"Utterly brilliant" - Tom Robinson, BBC 6 www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0089jhs
"Rather wonderful folk acoustics... brings to mind the great John Martyn" (East Magazine) www.eastmagazine.co.uk
“Thom Carter has held many titles in his career. You might know him as Black Crown, Filmforests, Cave Lions, Minimal States, or even March Rosetta. But, his most compelling, yet least eccentric, hat is without a doubtMenhirs of Er Grah. Way back when his short timed but full of life album Mourning Dove hit the digital streets, Thom established himself as one of the finest folk masterminds in the UK. And our man has really outdone himself with his latest effort, From Here To You. Making the call right now, this is the greatest collection of songs that Thom Carter has ever made. Period”.
“Right from the opening track, “Long Time Gone”, the true and defying of the average spirit of Menhirs of Er Grah is established once again. This time, Thom decides to keep his roots on the entire equation. And as he trot along the heavy streets of folk music, he occasionally passes the corner stores of blues (”Child of Mercy”) and a little bit of pop (”Simple Life), yet he never leaves the spirit of the folk world behind as he expresses the beauty of human intimacy that you just don’t come across anymore (check right back with “Sun Will Shine” a few tracks later). When the official tracks end with the spaced out and somewhat “groovy” cut “Time”, the transfixiating and pure human emotion might just be a bit unmanageable”.
“There is something about the spirit of Menhirs Of Er Grah that is so relatable and communicably accessible. The lyrics are everything we want to hear. Whether hidden in the darkest depths of your solitude riddled basement, or out on the sandy beaches of joy and rhythm amongst the happy and unrefined, From Here To You is sure to be a touching masterpiece that will fit whatever occasion you might prefer. Thom Carter is just that brilliant. His words are mysterious to a certain extent, but not too mysterious that you might become lost in a wet dream of pretentious desire that you would never want to wake from. This is what music was always meant to be – a beautiful process built around the ambiguous desire of an artist yearning to break free from the unnecessary boundaries of normalcy. Nobody understands this more than Thom Carter”.