8/10 Brian Staff review, 18 September 2014
Old ambient neo-folkster Dollboy here, now trading under his own moniker. Beginning with a piece of faintly dissonant drone-laced forest folk; bewitching and becalming in equal measures with a nuanced choral aspect. Then comes brief instrumental 'Mentmore Waltz' following sharply on its heels, with recorder, acoustic guitar and zither being prominent ingredients in this small but sweet cake of melodic pastoral whimsy. He's definitely going a bit for the early music angle here in as much as Trembling Bells, Alasdair Roberts and the Richards Dawson and Youngs dally in those pastures. Bit of an early Tunng vibe on 'Croham Hurst' too but much more traditional and rustic. Well he did a split single with those guys once didn't he? Penultimately for side one is 'Consider Darkness', a yearning piano ballad with a brief flourish of almost Gospel female backing. It's a lovely piece of music indeed.
'Millions' over on side two carries quite a different can, being a brooding Gothic soul number that burns with a gradually increasing intensity. Ultimately, half way in we find rich, gregarious piano tumbles dominate proceedings with tense Wicker Man strings and strident bass being joined by crashing drums. A portentous piece of musical drama indeed. The next three tracks are sweet folk pieces, all exhibiting distinctly different moods leading into 'When We Shut Down', a downbeat piano-heavy piece with that tender marriage of male and female vocal harmonising ushering in sympathetic funereal percussion and a flugel horn and cornet combo. All this concludes with all-too brief 'The Dead Return', my favourite track. An eerie psychedelic tapestry of unusual tangled folk-noise and creepy vocals alongside tape manipulation, reed organ, bowed dulcimer and partch harp conspiring to disorientate and thrill in equal measures. It's always the short vignettes that leave me panting for more. this could go on for an entire side and I'd be more than happy to indulge.
10/10 Jon Hayter Customer review, 10th October 2014
This is without doubt some of Oliver Cherers finest work so far. The songs have resonance and the lyrics mean something worth listening to. Mr Cherer has an almost esoteric database which he raids translates and presents for our delight. Combined with some carefully chosen and individually talented contributors musically, this album is a keeper and will be enjoyed for a long time as few cherished albums are. Please buy it and enjoy!
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