Unicorns still make me feel Fine

by The Child of A Creek

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Sung, Written, Performed, Composed, Recorded, Mixed and Produced by The Child of A Creek between February and May 2006 with Acoustic Guitars, Electric Guitars, Slide Guitars, Flute, Harmonica, Little Russian Balalaika, Electric Piano, Steiner Wall Piano, Organ, Electronics, Timpanoes, Irish Bodhran and Percussions.

Released by the english label Dust Wind Tales on September 2008. Distribuited by Eclipse Records and by Tormentosa Records in the US.

His name is The Child of A Creek, he was born in 1978 and his hometown is Livorno. He told me he feel in love with the folk guitar when he was a child and he fell in love with the Beatles, Sinatra, Morricone and with The Incredible String Band. The aesthetic here is DIY based. His first record was (self) released in 2005 and this second record came to light at the end of 2006 and in 2008 the album finds an home and it has been released by the english label Dust Wind Tales. The album sounds shocking from the first listen and I have the impression that Child of A Creek is a Devendra Banhart’s pupil but he accentuates the Devendra’s reflexive mood taking it to the apix, using a minimal folk singing which changes continually dress along the ten tracks of the record spreading often itself with psychedelic spicies , sometimes religious, using irish instruments, a russian balalaika, organs, flute, harmonica, wooden pieces and various squeakings. The voice (sang in english) which contains emotions is able to transmit ‘em completely and is accompanied by melodies weaved by an acoustic guitar, an electric guitar, a slide guitar etc. The Child of A Creek rides his own road taking a look at the latest american indie folk releases but keeping an eye on past things never forgetting Nick Drake’s and Tim Buckley’s lessons. Essentiality and sonic depth in a brief listening but incredibly intense. (Marcello Berlich/ LosingToday)

The Child of A Creek is a boy and he’s not indian. His name is Lorenzo, he lives in Tuscany and he sings his stories with a style and with a very remarkable english and you could think he’s a folksinger came from the distant lands. He’s a debutant and his Unicorns still make me feel Fine sounds mature, warm, charming and it’s very well played with a good technique. We are in the wide folk territories: the album sounds forestal and intimate and not rural and infinite, although the album shows a spiritual and an autobiographic mood from the beginning (and this is the general mood of the album). The Child of A Creek’s teachers are shut up in all can be contained between R.E.M. and Tim Buckley and Dylan but Lorenzo tries hard to sound unique the same way when he opened up the show for José Gonzalez in Milan last year. Songs tell of a spiritual travel, real or unreal and there’s a variety of different instruments played here and some examples of what I’m saying are “A Curious Girl called Josephine Goldenheart” and the album final song too. There are ballads like “Say You have a Story to tell” and “Father Sea and Mother Sun” halfway between traditional sounds and the wish to make esperiments with music. All episodes here have a common denomitor: you have to listen to them step by step, listening after listening ‘cause they have something to give to you each time. Songs tell of introspective and unknown places (“Home of Unicorns”) but songs stimulate to dream also (“Song of a Sad Nature Boy”). Unicorns still make me feel Fine is a wonderful album and you can enjoy listening to it in the autumn season beautiful like the places where we imagine Lorenzo playing inside of them, made of tenuous colors and sourrounded by vivacious nature inflamed by shades for us to be driven in an inoffensive and psychedelic trip (“The Village”). The Child of A Creek is an artist endowed with poetry and today he has in his own hands a little masterpiece and we cannot add and say nothing more about it and every word we spend is unnecessary, or better, to share it with the author. (Vito Sartor/ Mescalina)

First days we met Lorenzo Bracaloni's solitary project, maremman nightingale under the monicker The Child of A Creek and blessed the same way like the few chosen ones. In the last years his style took off. The songs of this album was composed during 2006 but now they have come to light and released by the english label Dust Wind Tales. The Child of A Creek recorded this album alone placing the microphones inside "bedrooms and gardens neighbour" to steal intensity and warmth; the album has been performed with acoustic guitars, electric guitars and slide guitars, an harmonica, a flute, an irish bohdran, a wall Steiner piano, a little balalaika (tam tamming the body with the plettrum) an organ, the electric piano, a timpano and wooden boxes, wooden squeakings and electronica. The album has a constant lofty level of composition without the concrete tedious air that sometimes mark similar productions. The unwritten theory of "the seven track as the best song of a playlist" find its confirmation in "The Village", for the instruments that rebound everywhere with feedback perception: the voice becomes cavernous and processed, religious and aquatic as a prologue to a future weird oriented. The wonderful "Ballad of the Young Miner" reminds "Songs for Domestics" - the jewel of "Once Upon a Time the Light thtough the Trees" - and the "A Curious Girl called Josephine Goldenheart" american substance let us to breathe english folk scents from the old gone decades. The reflexive "Climb Darling Snow" and "Song of a Sad Nature Boy" influenced by The Byrds, like buoys show to the listener the lateral paths illustrated by the birds recorded in the final song of the tracklist. Together with Black Eyed Dog, Lorenzo represents the western folkwriting italian top and the love which with he takes care of each details is not from this world repay for the ticket price. The Child of A Creek transudes truth. (Enrico Veronese/ Blow Up Magazine)

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released September 5, 2008

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I am The Child of A Creek. I've released 8 records up 'till now and have shared the stage together with Artists like Carla Bozulich,Marissa Nadler, Laura Gibson,Xabier Iriondo&Wu Fei,Larkin Grimm,José Gonzales,Moltheni,RalfeBand,The Niro,Bachi da Pietra,Midori Hirano,Julia Kent,Elizabeth Cutler,Andi Almqvist,have toured Italy with Sharron Kraus and have played many solo shows ... more

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Track Name: Oh, Little Man! (your home like mine)
by The Child of A Creek
Track Name: Ballad of the Young Miner
by The Child of A Creek
Track Name: A Curious Girl called Josephine Goldenheart
by The Child of A Creek
Track Name: Say You have a Story to Tell
by The Child of A Creek
Track Name: Home of Unicorns
by The Child of A Creek
Track Name: Climb Darling Snow
by The Child of A Creek
Track Name: The Village
by The Child of A Creek
Track Name: Song of A Sad Nature Boy
by The Child of A Creek
Track Name: Father Sea and Mother Sun
by The Child of A Creek
Track Name: Unicorns still make me feel Fine + Echoes from the Forest (hidden song)
by The Child of A Creek