8/10 Clinton Staff review, 29 November 2013
After all of this slickly 80s fare that's about it's good to hear some real music, by real men, with real beards, drinking real beer by a real fire. Wolf People are a kind of progressive folk act that remind me of damp moss. They epitomise the colour green, and you kind of expect them to be half man, half tree. Bewilderingly, given my general tastes, I like their music.
This EP contains two tracks off recently acclaimed album ‘Fain’ and two new tracks. Of the old, ‘When The Fire is Dead In The Grate’ is kind of a tough take on your Fotheringay-style folk-rock jamming. Lots of intertwining guitars building to a crescendo which, if written in 1974, would have re-written the folk rock rule-book. ‘All Returns’ is one of the album highlights and sounds no worse here, its wriggly Fairport folk dancing around the flames before descending into a fuzzy guitar workout of which the triangle-headed Richard Thompson would be proud. Of the new ones, ‘Become The Ground’ exemplifies their approach of elongated songs which marry finger- in-the-ear folkiness with swirling psych jams, whilst ‘All Returns 2’ is a two guitar instrumental twiddle-a-thon.
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