Marry Waterson is deeply immersed in England’s folk tradition, often performing with her family The Waterson Family (not to mention her cousin Eliza Carthy). For Two Wolves, she worked with fellow traveller David A. Jaycock, to produce a delicate set of songs that reflect on subjects including her family. On One Little Indian.
7/10 Robin Staff review, 19 November 2015
Your artificial fireplace is gonna love this one. ‘Two Wolves’ is a coming together of two folkies, Marry Waterson and David A. Jaycock, artists well versed in playing in properly traditional songcraft crews -- Waterson is old-school enough to have played music with her Waterson Family contingent, branching off the tree of revered psych folkie Lal Waterson. The music here is plaintive, earnest and soft; its opening notes are assured but understated, as if to say you gave the right person a guitar.
With is many flourishes -- some of them conjoining with the guitar picking as directive melodies, other more ambient pastiches working as salvos towards proper folk songs (“Hoping to be Saved”) -- Waterson and Jaycock come together to make surprisingly dynamic music. It sounds hushed and living roomed, but the artists betray a love of symphony, too, with piano tilting into view and strings racing through otherwise calmed songs. Occasionally the duo reach for a line together, harmonising like it’s improv: they recall James Blackshaw’s recent ‘Summoning Suns’, in these moments, with the twanging duet in the record’s title track straddling a line between contended and ominous.
You’d love to live in the Lake District, I’m sure. ‘Two Wolves’ will go into nature for you: on “Ginger Brown & Apple Green”, the duo smooth an a capella piece over super naturalistic field recordings of chirping birds, marrying a new age discipline with a very traditional folk music. At once recalling Virginia Astley and Alasdair Roberts, this record is going to make you pine for a nice bench and a decent ecosystem.
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