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Stereo Embers’ TRACK OF THE DAY: Ian Ashford & The Solidarity Band’s “Polyanthus Scent”

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Our Track of the Day today comes from singer/songwriter Ian Ashford.

The Dublin musician’s new single “Polyanthus Scent” is a reflective and moving ballad about desire, discovery and being drawn into a world that’s as foreign as it is familiar.

Ashford’s composition is based around stumbling upon an arresting portrait in a family greenhouse made out of old window frames and from there, the song’s wistful and reflective meditation begins.

Ashford’s band features Bastien Choukroun (piano bass synths, drums, acoustic guitar), guitarist Simon McCourt  and drummer Arthur Duburcq. McCourt, who played in the beloved indie pop band Trousers, puts a great line over the top of the track, while Choukroun, who arranged the album, backs Ashford with the kind of finesse that brings to mind the nimble arrangements of José González.

A stirring composition about family and memory, Ashford’s number is a quiet and revelatory joy,

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