Ayla Brook and The Sound Men “Desolation Sounds” (Fallen Tree Records, 2020)

It was Captain George Vancouver himself who, whilst mapping the (now) British Columbia coastline, named the deepwater of Desolation Sound, claiming that “there is not a single prospect that is pleasing to the eye”. Of course we now look on the spectacular fjords, calm warm waters and forested mountains as an ecological paradise, with a seemingly perverse ironic name. The only community there is Refuge Cove, from where Ayla Brook conceived this collection of songs and stories about family and friends, and which names the penultimate track, an elegy to his father and their time there. Continue reading “Ayla Brook and The Sound Men “Desolation Sounds” (Fallen Tree Records, 2020)”