Direction of Travel

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Direction of Travel
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Studio album by She Makes War
Released08 Apr 2016
LabelThe state51 Conspiracy
ProducerLaura Kidd

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Direction of Travel is the third studio album from She Makes War.

Drawing on grunge and 90s alt-rock, it's an album of heartfelt and bittersweet songs. It was written and produced by Laura Kidd, mixed by Dan Austin (Doves, Pixies) and features guest appearances from Tanya Donelly (Belly) and Mark Chadwick (The Levellers).

Critical Reception

Nina Keen in Narc Magazine awards the album 5/5, and says "She Makes War’s third album of ‘gloom pop’ feels like a step up. The grand songs, like single Drown Me Out, are more imposing; the simple songs, like Paper Thin (an early favourite to win my Song of 2016) are more unassuming, and more stunning as a result…Put this album on some good speakers or headphones, turn it right up and let it swallow you. Drift through the sea of its beauty." [1]

Mustafa Mirreh in The Flux Presents also gives the album 5/5 and says it's "12 new songs of grunge-inflected alt rock and fearless artistry, levelled by Kidd’s infectious cinematic soundscapes and confessional songwriting. Direction of Travel spills all sorts of emotions but it’s how Laura embraces and conquers them that truly makes this an album to remember." [2]

Gavin Brown in indie music site Electric Banana gave the album 4/5, and said it is "perfect for fans of Cat Power...a thoughtful and very human album jam packed full of very real emotion and will undoubtedly be the soundtrack for many joyous occasions and heartbreaks..." [3]

Max Mazonowicz, The Digital Fix, 8/10: "She Makes War has delivered one of the most fulfilling experiences of 2016 so far....Grungey, tuneful, fragile, bitter, and brilliant." [4]

Pavlis, Outline Online, 10/10: "Each song has the strength and identity to stand alone but together they make an album that demands that it be listened to as a whole, in one sitting, without distraction. In an age of short attention spans and twitchy fingers hovering over the fast forward button, this is a rare and refreshing thing." [5]

George Meixner in Drunken Werewolf says that "it is (the album's) tender heart that allows it to stand out as more than a merely ‘up and down’ gothic teen emotional experience. Signing off with "The Best" and the parting words, “Goodnight sweet friend” and, “Sweetheart drink up, Be all you dreamed of” they are just unpretentiously lovely. It’s her best work to date, painting a detailed, brooding and atmospheric landscape." [6]

Christine Caruana at Victim of Sound says that "Direction of Travel comes straight from the heart and is an interesting record from beginning to end. What could have been nothing but a Summer fling, has well and truly blossomed into a long term relationship with the music of She Makes War. Direction of Travel will surely have even the biggest commitaphobe ready to take that big step.

Product Information

Physical

  • UPC 5056005012192
  • Catalogue Number CON1902CD
  • Format Album
  • Sound Carrier CD


Track listing

All songs written and composed by Laura Kidd

No. TitleISRC Length
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2. "Cold Shoulder"  GB9PD1500012 Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:HtmlBuilder' not found.
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4. "Alone"  GB9PD1500006 Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:HtmlBuilder' not found.
5. "Paper Thin"  GB9PD1500002 Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:HtmlBuilder' not found.
6. "Please Don't"  GB9PD1500007 Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:HtmlBuilder' not found.
7. "Stargazing"  GB9PD1500009 Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:HtmlBuilder' not found.
8. "Slow Down Sunshine"  GB9PD1500010 Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:HtmlBuilder' not found.
9. "5000 Miles"  GB9PD1500001 Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:HtmlBuilder' not found.
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12. "The Best"  GB9PD1500011 Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:HtmlBuilder' not found.

Personnel

Performers

Drown Me Out
Bass guitar: Laura Kidd
Drums: Andy Sutor
Guitar: Laura Kidd
Lead vocals: Laura Kidd

Cold Shoulder
Bass guitar: Laura Kidd
Drums: Andy Sutor
Guitar: Laura Kidd
Lead vocals: Laura Kidd

In Cold Blood
Bass guitar: Laura Kidd
Strings: Simon Goff and Nicole Robson
Drums: Andy Sutor
Guitar: Laura Kidd
Keyboard: Laura Kidd
Lead vocals: Laura Kidd

Alone
Bass guitar: Laura Kidd
Drums: Clive Deamer
Guitar: Laura Kidd
Background vocals: Tim Bailey, Ami Amp, Cajita, Gaz Brookfield, Ian Blundell, Josie Ghost, Mishkin Fitzgerald (Active in UK 2012-) and Chris Nicholls
Lead vocals: Laura Kidd

Paper Thin
Cello: Martin McCarrick
Keyboard: Laura Kidd
Omnichord: Laura Kidd
Ukulele: Laura Kidd
Guest vocals: Tanya Donelly
Lead vocals: Laura Kidd

Please Don't
Violin: Simon Goff
Bass guitar: Laura Kidd
Guitar: Laura Kidd
Lead vocals: Laura Kidd

Stargazing
Violin: Simon Goff
Cello: Nicole Robson
Strings arrangement: Andrew Skeet
Guitar: Laura Kidd
Lead vocals: Laura Kidd

Slow Down Sunshine
Bass guitar: Laura Kidd
Drums: Andy Sutor
Guitar: Laura Kidd
Lead vocals: Laura Kidd

5000 Miles
Violin: Kimberlee McCarrick
Cello: Martin McCarrick
Bass guitar: Laura Kidd
Drum programming: T.J. Allen

Time to Be Unkind
Ukulele: Laura Kidd
Piano: Cajita
Guest vocal: Mark Chadwick
Lead vocals: Laura Kidd

Turning to You
finger snaps: Laura Kidd
Guitar: Laura Kidd
Marching drum: Laura Kidd
Keyboard: Laura Kidd
Lead vocals: Laura Kidd

The Best
Violin: Nicole Robson
Guitar: Laura Kidd
Ukulele: Laura Kidd
Piano: Cajita

Production

  • Produced by Laura Kidd
  • Mixed by Dan Austin
  • Engineered by TJ Allen at Station 7, J&J Studios and Planet 245, Bristol.
  • Additional engineering by Matthew Twaites at Metway Studio, Brighton and Laura Kidd in Bristol.
  • Mastered by Dick Beetham at 360 Mastering, Hastings.
  • Artwork and design by Alex Bertram-Powell.

References

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External Links

Direction of Travel on Greedbag