The release date of Oliver Cherer’s second album, The Myth of Violet Meek, gives an indication of the mood of the music within. Late September brings with it the slow decline of Summer and the quickening of the night. Cherer’s album seems to fall into a tradition of folk songs and tales, sung over gentle strings. It’s a wonderful soundtrack to a moody, Autumnal evening.
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On the sort of coloured vinyl that would look wonderful on top of an apple pie, this is the second release by Oliver Cherer but you'll also know him from Dollboy and more recently Gilroy Mere on Clay Pipe. It's an album of wood carved folk music that at times has an eerie Lewis Carroll feel to it. As if somethingsa not quite right in the woods. I have to admit that the opener 'Who Killed the Bears' has freaked me right out with it's off kilter children's sing song. The same strangeness pervades 'Valentine' - I'm not sure if these are actually children singing but I'm disconcerted nonetheless.
Elsewhere things are more adult. These are maturing English folk songs based around gently plucked acoustics but showing instrumental ambition - 'Poor Violet' ends with a drum laden freakout with wibbling synths and pounding drums a world away from the bucolic and winsome sounds found elsewhere. I'm reminded somewhat of Pete Astor's 'Hal's Eggs' collection -these are all modern day compositions with the feel that they were written hundreds of years ago.
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