8/10 Clinton Staff review, 03 July 2014
This is a collaboration between the veteran O’Donnell (who was releasing albums as early as 1972 as part of Mellow Candle) and folk-noir outfit Firefay. O’Donnell’s voice is quite something. It swoops, it soars, it bends at incredibly obtuse angle around the tracks. Its suits the material which Firefay come up with perfectly. Theirs is dark folk using all manner of droney instruments, harmoniums, accordions, strings joined by plucked guitar here and some hand-hit percussion there. Even when an electric guitar thrashes the opening chords of ‘White Lies’, the track soon emerges as a fantastically wandering take on the 70’s folk rock of the likes of Fairport Convention and Fotheringay. Perfectly executed, the album has a really natural, organic feel and has catchy insidious melodies that worm their way into your brain immediately. For fans of Pentangle, Owl Service, Trembling Bells and the later folkier releases on Second Language.
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