By Joseph Purcell
On his debut release, Follow the Sign, Tarragon – the brainchild of the multi-talented Callum Pickard – has created a shimmering tribute to the unbounded strength of his sister. Engrossing and heartfelt, it coerces the listener to fall into the wide expanses of lush sonic landscapes, which intertwine with the Coventry based singer’s rich, and at times, almost spoken-word delivery.
Heartfelt and poignant, Pickard – wracked by fear and doubt – is cast as the narrator of his own internal dialogue, as he wrestles with the meaning of fairness – questioning ‘what is the point?’ Featuring saxophonist John Helliwell of Supertramp, the soundtrack is driven by subtle processed beats that morph into grander sounding percussion. Bright sounding guitar plucks add a vibrancy, while Helliwell’s sax flits about beneath the surface to create an interesting dynamic. Though Follow the Sign is an instructional moniker, the direction of travel is certainly a promising first step.
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