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- Foxfur & Rarebits by The Iditarod
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This is a new collection of material by psychedelic folk group The Iditarod that was originally spread out over short run cdrs, 7"s and various compilations between 2000-2003. Now often viewed with the benefit of hindsight as a precursor of the so-called ‘Freak Folk’ movement, they developed quite an idiosyncratic version of folk music that combined sparse song structures, spectral vocals and experimental arrangements and atmospheric sound textures. Their combination of disparate influences are apparent across this record, with Carin Sloan’s vocals bringing to mind Shirley Collins’ work with the Albion Band or the spookier side of Cat Power and the music sounding like a slightly catatonic Pentangle one minute and The Dead C jamming on some found acoustic instruments the next.
Overall, its a dark, slow burner of an album and the tracks work well together, even though they were never originally intended to be presented as an album in this way. The intimate, home-recorded feel of the tracks adds to the deeply personal and atmospheric nature of the music while the sometimes sketchy structures make the songs seem all the more ghostly and elusive.This would be a good one to come back to in the winter.
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