Harlowe is a new collaboration of CHVE (the solo project of Colin H. Van Eeckhout of Amenra), Lucy Ann Kinsella and members of Hessian and Oathbreaker. Together they’ve produced a mournful collection of dark folk music that hangs like a black cloud over the landscape. 300 copies only of the 10” vinyl edition. On Consouling Sounds.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 28 January 2016
Showing that you indeed can’t judge a record by its sleeve, what I thought might be an ambient record (picture of branch on sleeve) turns out to be a dark folk record.
Opener ‘Here Before’ is notablele for Lucy Ann Kinsella’s swooping voice which has something about it but with a bit added goth. Beneath her swoops guitars and pianos tangle as if they are tying to escape from some Nick Cave ballad. More stripped back is ‘The Morning Call’ which has more space between the picked guitar notes and just the suggestion of a gong somewhere. It’s lovely, and the stretched out beauty is reminiscent of Jason Molina at his most stark.
Overleaf though Kinsella is nowhere to be seen, ‘Providence’ is a shuffling folk instrumental whilst a lone male voice adds eerie vocals to the minimal pluckings of 'She Never Left'.
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