Brooch, “Blood Spitting”/“Broken Glass” 7” (Tough Love Recordings)
Brooch is a musical collaboration featuring Ben Stidworthy (Ought) and Mikkel Holm Silkjær (Yung), born of a relationship between the two musicians forged while on tour with their main bands. They’ve released a double a-side single, “Blood Spitting/Broken Glass,” each taking turns handling vocal duties.
Each track has a weary, intimate quality juxtaposed against stately 3/4 time. Personal fave, “Blood Spitting”, feels reminiscent of Elliott Smith, a beautifully delicate melody like fissures in bone china or imperfections in a piece of amber, fading out in a melancholic drift of what sounds like a melodeon or concertina. “Broken Glass” is a bit rougher, but no less lovely, its droning organ, bending guitar and tremulous falsetto bringing the feel of an endless twirl.