Absolutely gorgeous looking hand numbered split 12" on Rural Colours with screen printed sleeves and additional postcards. The Declining Winter side consists of seven stripped back pop songs recorded in a remote cabin producing a raw, evocative sound that reflects the environment it was made. Overleaf Katie English aka Isnaj Dui puts away her flute and changes to the cello for two longer pieces which are based more on texture and rhythm but have the same feel of isolation as the Declining Winter tracks.
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8/10 Laurie Staff review, 04 September 2015
A duo of lost bards of the british folk canon rally under the Rural Colours banner to transmit two very different variations of pastoral music on a single piece of 12” vinyl. The big Hood brother Richard Adams goes for a wander in the Cumbrian hills with his acoustic guitar until he finds a scratchy enough cabin to sing to, and does so for a soothing seven songs. The dreamy haze, both in chorused plucked harmonies and vocal style, that accompanies recent the Declining Winter outings is clearer than ever here, cautiously coaxing out melodies like rituals in the beautiful ‘Jingling Lane’. As a rural Devon boy, I can relate to this.
Over to you, Katie English, whose Isnaj Dui focus shifts toward the cello, a fine instrument indeed. It begins with a low slung drone with various overtones slithering over the top, and some stuttered bowings of varied speed. A gnarled distortion tone rises out of the wood, enclosing English in a spherical noise before some jagged bow jabs cycle round and round. English goes into subterranean bard mode on second piece ‘Points, Switches’, sustaining tones with one imaginary pair of hands and plucking some earthy chords with the other. They’re so low the notes are barely there. This is some serious dirge folk, and a brilliant, nightly closer to a great split.
Also features English’s perfecto hand printed numbered sleeve and delicious northern postcards. We got EXCLUSIVE on this. Nice.
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