|I think this time I'm quite proud of the finished product.|
I think you should be.
KZ hits me in right around the same emotional place as the Wicker Man soundtrack ("corn riggs," and all that, but with a bit more vacant car park and orange sodium glare). I was fortunate enough to hear the demos for many of the songs, so it felt entirely natural to sing along on the choruses. This really is great, intimate songwriting, in terms of both inspiration and craft. It's been suggested that the lasting impact of Sly Stone's There's A Riot Goin' On was due as much to the murky hiss of the production as to the songs themselves, and I would say that the same continues to be true for Withiel--it gives the music a sense of space, of being an inhabited, seething medium to move through.
I like it.
(And a big You're Welcome which is also a Thank You!)