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Whilst firing up the stove, putting the wood on the fire and tucking into my latest pot noodle I turned the wireless toward Marc Riley and a progressive, rambling folk inflected sound wafted through the kitchenette. Even though I didn’t appear to like it at first, I was curious as to what it was. It sounded like Alasdair Roberts playing out all his ‘70s progressive hard rock fantasies live on national radio.
It was Wolf People and they were playing something off this, this is their second album. Both myself and Phil have just said the same thing, we are unsure what it is we like about this album. For me, it sort of does everything I tend to usually despise, twiddling guitars, never ending songs, fiddly-dee folk reflections. But there is something in the marriage of Fotheringay style ‘70s folk, Jethro Tull pretension and Led Zep style dynamics that appeals. It wanders hither and thither a rural rain drenched, real ale assisted, open fire warmed, finger in ear lollop through the vagaries of progressive folk. It’s not an album for the iTunes, it’s deep and threatening, songs veer off on tangents as long and fiddly as a long drive along the snake pass, it needs a little bit of your time to truly reveal its colours.
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