A Ninja Slob Drew Me is the project of Daniel James Brown, who has on previous albums brought in other musicians for individual tracks to add to the range of sounds available for what was essentially a solo project. For Retreat, he has embraced the spirit of collaboration, with the
majority of tracks utilising the violin and vocal talents of Jo Stevens and Oliver Barnett on drums. This gives the album a rich, full sound and feel, which benefits from this extra input whilst continuing to explore the possibilities established by previous albums.
The songs are inspired by a range of ideas, but what unites them is a concerned and sometimes pessimistic look at the outside world. The album opens with the most optimistic song, Retreat, inspired by the natural wonders and culture of Iceland. This is followed by songs inspired by the rise and fall of empires through history, the conflict between capitalism and the environment, and even a song inspired by the film Robocop's portrayal of a future shaped by out of control business greed.
More concise and darker than previous offerings, Retreat is ambitious both in its exploration of the possibilities afforded by its collaborative nature and in the range of themes it portrays in an atmospheric, often cinematic style.
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