Diamond Mine (King Creosote and Jon Hopkins album)

Diamond Mine is a collaborative studio album by Scottish singer-songwriter King Creosote and English electronica musician Jon Hopkins, released on 28 March 2011 through Domino Records. Inspired by the East Neuk of Fife, the album combines Creosote's songs with field recordings by Hopkins. Upon release, Creosote stated: "I really don't know what to do next, because, in some ways, I'm at that peak. I don't know where to go from here."[1] The album was subsequently followed by the EP, Honest Words in September 2011, and the double a-side single, "John Taylor's Month Away"/"Missionary" in February 2012. A deluxe version of the album, titled Diamond Mine (Jubilee Edition), was released in 2012.[2]

Diamond Mine
Studio album by
Released28 March 2011
StudioCafe Music Studios, London
Genre
Length32:11
LanguageEnglish
LabelDomino
ProducerJon Hopkins
King Creosote and Jon Hopkins chronology
That Might Be It, Darling
(2010)
Diamond Mine
(2011)
Honest Words
(2011)
Singles from Diamond Mine
  1. "John Taylor's Month Away"/"Missionary"
    Released: 6 February 2012

Diamond Mine was nominated for the 2011 Mercury Prize,[3] with Creosote noting, "I wasn't expecting it at all. [...] There's been a lot of people in the media nailing their colours to the mast with this record, and that's quite encouraging – to know that we've got supporters, and a lot of them. I'm not expecting to win, but just to be on that list. This is something I've been on the outside of forever, and now here we are. It's all good. It makes up for not selling records, anyway!"[4] The album sold 25,000 copies in 2011.[5]

Background and recording

Jon Hopkins had previously worked with King Creosote, producing the album, Bombshell (2007), and parts of Flick the Vs (2009). Diamond Mine took seven years to complete,[6][7] with Creosote noting, "There was no goalpost in sight, it was just a song at a time."[8] The album makes substantial use of Musique concrète, with Jon Hopkins noting that the songs suggest "a romanticised version of Fife. A lot of it's about my first experience of going there – about my first Homegame, when I fell totally in love with the place, and with Fence Records. It's a bit like my dream version of life. [...] It's like the way Paris appears in Amélie."[1]

Creosote stated that the songs, "The Racket They Made", "Admiral" and "Leslie", were initially planned for inclusion, but were subsequently abandoned and appear on other releases.[8] "Bats in the Attic" was initially included on Creosote's performance-only album, My Nth Bit of Strange in Umpteen Years, with Hopkins noting, "You can hear the guitar part from his original version at the beginning, but I played it back through a mobile phone speaker simulation to decimate the quality, so that it retained its rhythm, but none of its notes, giving me freedom to change the chords of the song completely."[9]

King Creosote recorded his vocals in London.[10]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic78/100[11]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[12]
The Skinny[13]
SputnikMusic[14]

The album was released to favourable reviews, with Creosote noting, "It feels like this is the beginning of something. And to feel that so far down the line, after putting out forty effing albums... oh my God! It means, I can still do this, it's not over."[10] Bob Boilen of NPR Music in 2017 referred to the album as one of his favourite albums to have been released during his lifetime.

Accolades

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
The Guardian UK The Best Albums of 2011 2011 13[15]
Mojo UK Top 50 Albums of 2011 2011 14[16]
The Skinny UK Albums of the Year 2011 5[17]
Q UK 50 Best Albums of 2011 2011 43[18]
Uncut UK Top 50 Albums of 2011 2011 28[19]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Jon Hopkins and Kenny Anderson.

No.TitleLength
1."First Watch"2:37
2."John Taylor's Month Away"6:32
3."Bats in the Attic"3:43
4."Running on Fumes"6:36
5."Bubble"5:35
6."Your Own Spell"3:51
7."Your Young Voice"3:17

References

  1. "Features | A Quietus Interview | Fife's What You Make It: Jon Hopkins & King Creosote On Diamond Mine". The Quietus. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  2. "King Creosote & Jon Hopkins - Diamond Mine (Jubilee Edition) (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  3. "Mercury Prize 2011: The nominees". bbc.co.uk. 19 July 2011. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  4. Lynskey, Dorian (17 January 2012). "Indie rock's slow and painful death". The Guardian. London.
  5. guardian.co.uk/music (24 March 2011). "King Creosote and Jon Hopkins – Diamond Mine: Exclusive album stream | Music | guardian.co.uk". London: Guardian. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  6. Boilen, Bob (15 May 2011). "First Listen: King Creosote And Jon Hopkins, 'Diamond Mine'". NPR. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  7. The Skinny, December 2011, pg. 12
  8. "King Creosote & Jon Hopkins Diamond Mine track by track / In Depth // Drowned In Sound". drownedinsound.com. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  9. Rogers, Jude (30 August 2011). "King Creosote and Jon Hopkins: Diamond geezers". The Guardian. London.
  10. "Diamond Mine Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  11. Christopher, James (28 March 2011). "Diamond Mine – King Creosote". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  12. "King Creosote and Jon Hopkins – Diamond Mine". The Skinny. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
  13. "King Creosote and Jon Hopkins – Diamond Mine (staff review)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  14. "The best albums of 2011: 50–11". The Guardian. London. 1 December 2011.
  15. "MOJOs Top 50 Albums Of 2011 - Stereogum". stereogum.com. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  16. The Skinny, December 2011, pg.12
  17. "Qs 50 Best Albums Of 2011 - Stereogum". stereogum.com. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  18. "Uncuts Top 50 Albums Of 2011 - Stereogum". stereogum.com. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
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