The third album by Phantom Dog Beneath The Moon arrives after seven years away, but it seems that time has only allowed the Irish group to sound more like themselves. Third album The Statue of The Hunter is Lost at Sea has a special feel to it: something in the way that folk songs become swathed in wisps of shoegaze and abstract drones is mysterious and ineffable. It’s special stuff! CD on the Rusted Rail label.
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 30 March 2017
I'm so sorry I forgot. No excuses. I was meant to review this last week along with the excellent A Lilac Decline tape also on Rusted Rail but perhaps I was so enamoured with that work...or maybe because it was lunchtime.... I forgot. Anyway it's here no so no harm done. Phantom Dog Beneath the Moon are an Irish collective who blend folk sensibilities with more out there sound sorcery that takes in elements electronica and dub. A good example of what they can do is the second track here 'The Statue of the Hunter Is Lost At Sea' where a repeating vocal refrain circles round as if sampled and ploughed full of effects. Their sound is a highly compressed and blurred take on acoustica lending these fragile songs a foggy feel - a bit like the work Songs Of Green Pheasant.
It's generally a nice combination which yields some good results that kind of blends the warm fireside glow of folk music with traditional instruments and saturates it with effects. Perhaps adventurous fans of King Creosote could head their way.
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