★★★★
“acoustic warmth and world-weary depths”

Home Burial’s gently acoustic arrangements are easy on the ear – it’s tempting to simply luxuriate in the oaky warmth of The Force of Her Will, the crescendos of Broken Light or the slide-guitar Americana of Rules of the Burial. But there are depths worth exploring. The spare singing of Arborist main man Mark McCambridge, together with the economy of his lyrics, which dwell on success and failure and the passing of time, bring to mind Leonard Cohen or Bill Callahan. In particular, A Man of My Age feels like an instant classic: it has the world-weariness of the Go-Betweens, its quivering strings hanging like a question mark over the melody.

4-Stars – The Guardian

★★★★
“A staggering debut of depth and substance.”

Quiet and pastoral, the subtle flourishes of brass, strings. piano and fascinating little guitar licks still bring a smile even when McCambridge is at his morbidly most brilliant, worrying about mortality on A Man of My Age, dark personal choices in Rules of the Burial, The Force of Her Wills womanly mysteries or death in general on pretty much everything else. A staggering debut of depth and substance.

4 Stars – MOJO Magazine

8/10
“A deliciously self-assured collection.”

It says much for Mark McCambridge that it only took an invitation to persuade Kim Deal to join him on debut single, Twisted Arrow, but even more that its sweet Americana is far from the only gem on this deliciously self-assured collection. Rules of the Burial‘s Uncle Tupelo-esque barroom folk finds sweet redemption in discovering that ‘Revenge tastes bitter and strange’. Best is A Man of My Age which articulates the claustrophobia of family life with sensitive frankness amid mesmerising, Smog-like languor.

8/10 – UNCUT Magazine

8/10
“Magnificent debut from northern miserablists.”

The quality of these compositions is so uniformly high that it’s McCambridge who is the real deal, from the sad dreaminess of Dark Stream, like Okervil River and Miracle Legion locked in a studio together, to The Force Of Her Will, a tender duet with Ellen Turley that’s as delicate as a flower in winter. Home Burial is a stunningly beautiful debut and one of the finest records produced on these shores all year.

Hot Press Magazine

★★★★
“Dark dreams wonderfully realised on debut”

This is a most impressive debut by the Northern Irish band. It’s an Americana soufflé wearing its graft and craft lightly, the apparent effortlessness coming at the price of hard work and talent. There is substance and quality at work here. The word artisan is apposite, the songs flowing like an Anthony Hopkins performance, art without artifice, a direct connection, no obfuscation, just an immediate contact with the essence of the songs. There’s no barrier between the listener and the pleasure to be had from the songs.

4-Star – Americana UK

★★★★★
“..you’ve been privy to something truly special here.”

If there’s such thing as the sonic equivalent of a painter’s brush, Mark McCambridge and his cohorts most certainly have it. Transplanting Dayton, Ohio’s arid mysticism to the wind-lashed ports of their native Belfast, by the time McCambridge professes to have ‘retreated into a dream following a dark stream‘ on the album’s second track, you’re right there waiting to be carried away on the tide.

5-stars – R2 Magazine

“A poignant, beautiful record.”

Lauren Laverne, BBC 6Music

“Reminiscent of solo Robert Forster & early Lambchop.”

Pete Paphides, Soho Radio

“Musically divine.”

Clash Music