A Golden Archipelago
With a stunning cover featuring a small boat leaving an island's shore for another in the near off distance, A Golden Archipelago consists of 11 songs that carry the listener from island to island. The material touches on Meiburg's travels (Falklands, Bikini Atoll, and Madagascar) and his grandfather's time as a radio operator in the South Pacific. All songs on Golden stand out in their own right partly because of the way Meiburg moves from slight breath to hair-rising yell. His vocal deliveries are clean and as graceful as the lapping of waves on the sea. As with most Shearwater songs, Meiburg prefers keeping parts obscure, similar to a lens coming in and out of focus. As the album progresses, this deliberate tact assists the listener to get a delicate glimpse of what's being described without entering dangerous concept album terrain.
This album should not be skimmed: A Golden Archipelago will take you further from the surface and deeper into the unchartered world Shearwater dare to explore.