LP £12.99 CORVID001
Ltd LP on Corvid Records in handmade screen-printed sleeve with unique photo insert. Edition of 100 copies.
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Coventry. A nice place if you like concrete. It’s hard to imagine that this intricate banjo-led folk comes out of the place. It’s lovely lilting folk music made by people who I am 95% certain have beards. The sleeve to the record is utterly gorgeous, a screenprinted cardboard thing all tied together with a lovely ribbon. It’s limited to 100 so if you want one move quick.
The opening track is pretty nice with its fiddly banjo, wheezing accordion and cooing backing vocals. ‘And Laid Love to Rest’ is another nice (fake) folk song, again I keep harping back to Pete Astor’s ‘Hals Eggs’ album. Loads of people do this type of stuff from Alasdair Roberts to Men An Tol, to The Owl Service but the song structures here recall mostly the ‘Hals Eggs’ stuff. Most of the songs seem to have melodies and arrangements by the band and lyrics adapted from more traditional material, it’s pretty obvious that the band have a deep love for English folk music and have adapted it towards their own sound which also encompasses dronier material using violins and accordions.
There’s a quite freeform attitude which leads to certain tracks having long intros; ‘Candles Were Lit’ for example contains the sound of running water and what sounds like a squeaky gate. But they never forget to run the more ambient material into their web of folk inflected tunes of which this is a particular highlight, the singer has a deep voice reminding me a bit of Nick Cave but is softened by the lovely spectral backing vocals. Definitely worth checking out for fans of the more organic, line caught, hand reared brand of english folk music.
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