Following 2011’s self-titled debut, Manchester’s The Woodbine & Ivy Band return with another folksy jaunt. Featuring a mix of trad folk, covers and original compositions, Sleep On Sleeping On is an expansive effort that’s heavily indebted to age-old folk traditions. Out on CD from Static Caravan.
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Sometimes we all want to sit in a woodland glade for a bit, watch the sun dapple on a waterfall, hear the wind rustle the tops of the trees. It’s a nice dream but on opener ‘Sleep On Sleeping On’ The Woodbine and Ivy Band almost make it a reality - the kind of music that evokes smoky late 60’s folk as well as dreamy ‘90’s electronica. Save to say, the trumpet is to die for. Vocals are used very sparingly on this delicious track which recalls Dusty Trails eerie brand of rolling cinematic music but by ‘Arm A Nation’, a steel guitar and a more standard vocal has been added.
On ‘White Hare’ they start to go full on Fairport Convention with raucous slab of folk and although it isn’t bad in itself it sounds like it’s come from a different album. Thankfully by ‘Jackdaws’ we’re back into the watery, rolling folk of the opening tracks. It’s a really pleasant album, a mixture of originals, covers and traditional compositions, which uses a lot of influence from 70’s Witchseason types and marries it to more contemporary folk-tronica with occasional lovely results.
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