ALBUM: Salvage My Dream – Cats Of Ashes

Release Date: December 30th, 2011
Label: Unsigned
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Salvage My Dream is the solo project of Robin Fisher, a guy from the North of England, who, by the sounds of this album, has really taken his time in creating such an assured sound. This is true, when you consider his first album, ‘Stuck In The God Damn Limbo’, was released back in 2008, and it wasn’t until 2011 that he really seemed to get his act together, as his second album, ‘Never Mind The Great Snowdogs Caught Out In The Storm’ and this album, ‘Cats Of Ashes’, were both released only a few months apart. As with all of Fisher’s work under the name Salvage My Dream, ‘Cats Of Ashes’ is an album that can be listened to time and time again, whether you’re mundanely getting on with a job you hate, spending a day at the beach, relaxing at home or at the gym. Simply, it’s an album that’s hard to dislike.

‘Your Runaway Clothes And The Dying Diamonds Of Your Mind’ is a lazy, hazy, hypnotising track that holds you tight and refuses to let go. Because of its slow-paced and eerie nature, it would be easy to think this track as one rooted in bleakness and sadness, but Fisher‘s sparse vocals add a different feel to the mix – a feeling of disappointment, but a disappointment where you just have to move on and get on with things. A feeling you might have at the end of Summer, or even finding you only have one cigarette left. It’s not a disappointment that depresses you; more like gives you a push into moving on and embracing your problems.

‘Meander’ encourages you to just close your eyes and nothing else but listen. As the opening lyrics lull you into reminiscing of old, good times with friends that you thought would never end, a more upbeat section jerks your attention back to the track that playfully tugs at your more sincere memories. This focuses you on the now happy and bright sounding music, which has been brought in effortlessly, and drags you free of reminiscing about times gone by. The violin which also features on this track is very impressive and shows Fisher isn’t afraid of drawing on other musicians to help him along the way. The violinist is, in fact, his brother.

‘Loose Floorboards’ again manages to tap into your psyche. Fisher drawls his lyrics out and the guitar gently eases you in, while still managing to maintain its distance. It’s as if this song was written hungover and images of a living room with cans still resting on the table, grey cigarette butts curled in make-do ashtrays with Fisher watching the sun come up, strumming his guitar, weary of the world and content being by himself are conjured up. It’s a personal favourite, and a definite track that can be related to by anyone.

What Fisher has here, is an album that shows his progression through each of his previous albums. It’s music that is accessible anywhere at anytime, and will fit into your mood: good or bad or happy or sad, it speaks to each of us in ways only good, inspired music can.

Written by Rhys Milsom

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