Looking for the Clues
'This, ladies 'n gents, is a letter perfect blend of folk and blues, one of the best I've ever heard.' Mark S. Tucker Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange 'In a world of soundalikes this is a refreshingly original album.' Geoff Pegler BluesBeat Radio 5EFM FM 89.3 '...the man's sense of melody is uncanny...Looking For The Clues is an understated effort that gets in under your defenses and mesmerizes you with great storytelling and amazing guitar work.' Widly Haskell Widly's World Two and half years since the release of his debut album, 'Sliding to Your Destiny', Leigh Sloggett has a new release titled 'Looking for the Clues'. This is a purely acoustic album presenting the maturing musical style he has been developing over the last decade. As reflected in the album title these songs, built around the rich resonant sounds of open tuned guitars, explore journeys of individuals searching for answers. The album opens with the syncopated acoustic guitar groove of the title track that feels like steps into the unknown and we soon find ourselves amidst the thoughts of a character disorientated in a foreign land. As we progress through the tracks we move into the hypnotic, descending finger picked guitar line of 'Stone', in which the nature of the soul is questioned before we take a journey 'On the Climbing Road', where we are looking back into the beauty of past environments now lost. Track six,'Good Fortune', is a slide guitar tour de force that opens us up to the idea of stepping out and taking chances to gain the rewards. 'Switchback' is a contemporary, energetic, guitar instrumental, just made to be listened to while driving on the open road. Musically, powerful yet intricate finger picked guitar, enriched by emotive tones of double bass and subtle percussive elements, sit smoothly behind husky vocals that carry us through these searching lyrical journeys. 'Money Can't Buy Happiness' has Liz Frencham's sensual vocal improvisation working behind Sloggett's bluesy delivery, while 'River' has the primitive calls of Didgeridoo working with the ambient sound of slide guitar. The gospel feel of 'Am I Going Insane' is given a sweet melancholy edge with the introduction of violins. 'Looking for the Clues' shows a growth in all aspects of Sloggett's musical dexterity. An album that is not only a deeply rewarding listening experience but has a mysterious soul based in blues, roots and folk music that come together in a way that cannot easily be defined.