From one half of Scottish duo electroscope, Gayle Brogan, The All Alone Stone by Pefkin takes its name from Charles Kingsley’s The Water babies and refers to the place where the last Great Auk stands in the book. Also featuring Hanna and Chris of Nalle and John Cavanagh of Electroscope. Self-released album on CD.
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A couple of weeks ago we took delivery of a marvellous album by Pefkin on Morc recordings. A good number of you had the good taste to buy it and so we have increased our Pefkin capacity by one and now have in stock this earlier self-released album.
Pefkin is the brainchild of Gayle Brogan, ex of Scottish vintage synth worriers Electroscope. This new project is firmly ensconced in a weird folk category with droning violins, plucked stringed instruments and eerie vocals whispered atop. Like the aforementioned ‘Inner Circle, Outer Circle' album, it veers between soothing stretched out lullabies and disconcerting, discordant pluckery. I’d dare say that many things are bowed and if they are not they are plucked in a kind of non-musical way which leads at times to an eerie jarring listen. The best comparisons would be to Charalambides and Christina Carter’s later solo meanderings. Anyone has heard Katie English (Isnaj Dui) new project The Sly and Unseen will be on familiar territory here with all kinds of oddball instruments creating an eastern, ethnic-y type atmosphere.
I’m finding the more musical tracks up my street: 'The Evening of 2nd July 1844’ and the marvellous looping ‘Aquard’ remind me of the ghostly folk of Grouper. Not an easy listen but this challenging, uncompromising music deserves to be heard.
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