HELEN DOROTHY: The Going Away
By Shaun Chait
Everything about this release seems to fit. The digipak layout, the album artwork and artist photo, the lyrical subject matter, and of course the songs themselves seem at one with each other. England-born, Wellington-based Dorothy is an acoustic folk artist in an honest sense. She’s a singing, guitar playing storyteller. There are other musicians and instruments, sure. But there are no studio tricks going on here, nor is there wizardry in the arrangements or the mixing. Instead Dorothy’s songs are left to speak for themselves – providing tales and observations, thoughts and commentaries. This is an intimate listen – if you aren’t prepared to give it all your attention there’s no point putting it on. The reward from these ‘alone’ kind of albums comes in the sad, thought provoking and beautiful places they can take you to. My main criticism then is that this album is long, and Dorothy doesn’t stray from the formula much. Produced by Dorothy with Robbie Duncan, it was recorded by Duncan at Braeburn Recording Studio.