King Creosote & Jon Hopkins at the Mercury Awards
Diamond Mine is a collaborative album by Scottish singer-songwriter King Creosote and electronica musician and Coldplay producer, Jon Hopkins. Nominated for the 2011 Mercury Prize and inspired by the East Neuk of Fife, the album combines Creosote's songs with field recordings by Hopkins. The album sold 25,000 copies in 2011
Described by King Creosote as a 'soundtrack to a romanticised version of a life lived in a Scottish coastal village', the record weaves in slices of Fife life, bike wheels, spring tides, tea cups and cafe chatter to produce a beautiful, unique and timeless album.
It's the best of folk, it's also the best of electronica. The two together make magic: the songs don't feel like they've been crafted, rather that they just floated, fully-formed, into existence. Like the people Diamond Mine talks about, the songs aren't any one thing: they just are.
8 out of 10 Drowned In Sound
King Creosote and Jon Hopkins - Brighton live review
5 out of 5 Alexis Petridis, The Guardian
Support for this gig is provided by Withered Hand.
"Raging eccentric Withered Hand is a fantastically flaky,tiny-voiced Edinburgh strummer reminiscent of alt-folk loon Daniel Johnston. His set climaxed with the spectacle of a low-slung banjo being raked with a violin bow, Jimmy Page-style, in a kind of elemental fusion of folk, punk and hard rock."