The Living Tradition – Temperature’s Rising

Nov 15, 2021

“…The artwork and overall production of this CD is superb, especially considering the album was created during the trials and tribulations of ‘lockdown’! …” 

Hailing from the East Sussex open mic and folk club circuit, Milton Hide are husband and wife duo, Josie and Jim Tipler. Temperature’s Rising is their first full length album. Essentially they are an acoustic act, accompanied by clarinet, cajon and guitar. However, their musical accomplishments also include xylophone and piano, a sight for sore eyes when unloading the car on an average gig night methinks!

All the tracks are original numbers which have been honed and developed in recent years by live performance. Drawing their inspiration from a variety of musical sources including Appalachian, Klezmer, traditional English song and popular music, these various styles and influences have been blended together into a homogenised musical soup. The thrust and substance of Temperature’s Rising is just that, a reflection of the angst of the world. Whilst some of the lyrics are quite thought provoking, the accomplished music, in my view, falls into the ‘easy listening’ category. Nothing wrong in that, testified by the many plaudits gleaned by their growing popularity.

The artwork and overall production of this CD is superb, especially considering the album was created during the trials and tribulations of ‘lockdown’! Faced with the task of producing and engineering the work, John Fowler has done an astounding job in collating the musical talents of several talented guest musicians. Owing to COVID-19 restrictions, the various parts were individually submitted to John who, with a partially non-acoustic licence, was tasked with melding everything into a comprehensive entity – and a very fine job he has done of it too.

Temperature’s Rising, with its laid-back pleasantness, is a CD that will be a pleasure to many and perhaps an anathema to others. That said, the track, Say It All The Time, has elements and overtones reminiscent of The Moody Blues, praise indeed!

www.miltonhide.com

John Oke Bartlett

This review appeared in Issue 138 of The Living Tradition magazine

This should be called Country and Wilmington music. Let me explain. Milton Hide are Jim and Josie Tipler from Wilmington, Sussex and they take their name from a patch of woodland near their home. They are a folk duo that do what good folksingers do. They wander through life, look around them and write songs about what they see.

They have been around a long time but began working as a duo in 2016, this is their first full album. They freely admit to being grey haired and to having something of a penchant for playing gigs in cardigans and slippers [This reviewer punches the air in delight!]. What’s not to like?

milton hideTheir music has a strong country/folk base but they have shaken things up with help from a bunch of fine musicians. You can hear their influences all through these self-penned tracks. There’s a touch of Fleetwood Mac in the title ‘Temperature’s Rising’ and ‘Making Progress’ makes good use of Josie’s fine voice in a song that reeks of vintage Steeleye and with humour and social comment that is gloriously relevant.

‘Buckle Up’ is a real bottom of the glass, country style ballad with some great slide guitar. ‘Turn Around’ shows light hearted, newgrass with fine harmonies and some great mandolin. Just when you think you have their measure you come across ‘Spacetime’ where they take on the mysteries of the universe in a way that would have made David Bowie proud.

There isn’t a bad track on this album and it left a big smile on my face. It is some of the most heart-warming and uplifting music I’ve heard in a while.

Philip Thomas

miltonhide.com

Spiral Earth rating ****

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