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- Steeple by Wolf People
9/10 Dave Staff review, 07 October 2010
This album from this progressive four piece is both rocking and intelligent. It has psyche leanings and dips its toes into the murky waters of prog. It reminds me of seventies rock. It has the same hooks and pacing as a really great Steely Dan record mixed with something a bit more modern mebbe Night Beats or those other retro rock bastards Sleepy Sun. This album is quite an interesting journey. It sounds ace!! There's loads of stuff going on on this slice of vinyl. The musicianship is ace and just listening to it is making me want to boff loads of lifepipes. Some of the guitar work also reminds me of early Santana. There is even a traditional song that gets a thumbs up from me. It reminds me of Steely Eyed Spams version of "Long Lankin". It is an ambitious record is this one dear readers and if you like your rock with a heady brew of psyche this album will rock you up. It sounds grand and I reckon you should buy it.
10/10 John Bloor Customer review,
It looks like Jack Sharp, who was the person behind Wolf People's first album, has got himself a band. Certainly, when we saw Wolf People live at the End of the Road Festival in September there were more people than just the one!So, with Wolf People's second album 'Steeple' you'd expect maybe a change between the first and second LPs and this is definitely the case. Heavy, heavy rock in sound with very traditional sounding folky vocals. There's a sort of Old English feel and definitely a bit of Jethro Tull in here with the flute! From the start instruments are playing very tight formation, playing the same parts in places.There's a mystical feel to the songs. The vocal melodies sweetly soaring over the rock riffs work really well. Swathes of echoey guitars and other textures create something akin to a mist of legend, of stories passed down across generations. They certainly conjure up for me a feeling of old, forgotten England.My only (minor) disappointment is that I think it's a bit low-fi in recording, the drums especially. I'm not sure why exactly they've gone for this sound because I don't think it adds anything to the music, everything sounding a bit more compressed and flatter compared to the first album. But turning it up louder helped a lot!It doesn't detract too much from the songs though, with powerfully welded rhythm guitar and drums, the guitars really crackling and breaking up. I really get a feeling of it almost being hewn from massive lumps of stone with sparks and shards flying all over the place.
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