M G Boulter’s new album, Clifftown, uniquely charts the characters, personal histories and stories of growing up in English seaside suburbia. It’s songs are both observant and affecting; here you will find the neon lights and burnt sugar smells of a Saturday night seafront but also the solitary Essex noir of the salt marshland. As M G demurely sings in the title track ‘Clifftown’, “Their kids grow up to a lawnmower drone/ their kids grow old and move away from home/ by seafront palisades they’re swapping smokes/before they’re gone”. So evocative has the project been for M G that he has created a podcast series (‘The Clifftown Podcast’) exploring the culture of this often overlooked experience of British seaside life.
The roll call of musicians appearing on the album include Pete Flood and Sam Sweeney (Bellowhead), Lucy Farrell (The Furrow Collective) and Richard Warren (Spiritualized, Mark Lanegan and Dave Gahan). It was produced and recorded with long time collaborator Andy Bell.