A Lilac Decline is the solo project of Cecilia Danell, of both Cubs and Loner Deluxe. The Mountain Rages is an atmospheric suite of intuitive folk music recorded with a brace of traditional instruments, field recordings, wine glasses, shortwave radios etc. for a intimate and individual DIY sound. Cassette release on Rusted Rail.
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 23 March 2017
Decline. I like the word ‘decline’. Always have always will. Like lilacs too so I’m probably ok with this lovely tape release on Rusted Rail.
Straight from the off this sounds like something special indeed. A Lilac Decline is Cecilia Danell (ah I get it!), of both Cubs and Loner Deluxe but with all respect due to those excellent acts striking out on her own is probably where she belongs. These are wonderfully evocative home made folk songs that deserve a much wider audience than such a lovingly hand crafted release would reach. She writes intimate folk songs with fingerpicked acoustic guitars and all manner of found sounds to give an otherworldly feel to the compositions. What results is a wonderfully saturated sound (tape helps) and the sort of thing that will appeal to fans of Julie Byrne and Marissa Nadler but possibly because of the recording process is much more personal.
You feel that Danell is singing right to you, right in your ears. Occasionally bursts of noise appear to disrupt the folky flow but it all kind of works. Really gorgeous stuff and highly recommended.
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