The White EP by Agalloch

A shiny remastered re-issue of The White EP, the 2008 release from American metal act Agalloch that saw them drop the noise and engage in pastoral, almost ambient sounds and darker strains of folk. It’s been a long-time fan favourite, despite only being released on a very limited edition CD, and at last, gets a proper vinyl release. A counterpart to The Grey EP which has also been given a new lease of life.

Limited Vinyl LP £22.99

Gatefold 180g grey vinyl with booklet. Limited collectors edition in heavy-duty slipcase.

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Gatefold 180g white vinyl with booklet. Limited collectors edition in heavy-duty slipcase.

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The White EP by Agalloch
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8/10 Tommy WM 06 December 2019

Ah, ‘The White EP’, when American metal black group Agalloch got all acoustic on us. Following a similar path to Ulver’s ‘Kveldssanger’, the band stripped down their sound to mainly acoustic instrumentation, utilising Jew’s harp and horns alongside washes of baritone guitar and field recordings. The result is an album length EP of neofolk characterised by wintery atmosphere, pitch-black melancholy and gothic overtones. Similarly to Ulver’s second record, the group manage to preserve the dark musical characteristics which defined classic albums like ‘The Mantle’ and ‘Ashes Against the Grain’ without resorting to punishing riffing and blood-curdling vocals.

‘The Isle of Summer’ begins with the distant creepy chants of children and woody acoustic riffing, conjuring thoughts of eerie isolated villages with its samples from the legendary folk horror tale ‘The Wicker Man’. These classically influenced guitar parts on show here which dart between melancholy motifs and uplifting melody are present throughout ‘The White EP’, making for an engaging, uneasy and suspenseful overall listen. The pace and rich instrumentation of the rhythmic folk track ‘Birch Black’ is soon dispirited by the gloomy goth number ‘Hollow Stone’, a dark ambient track which recalls Grouper’s duskiest moments, as ghostly glimmers of an all-female choir and washes of ambient noise envelops all.

The record's centrepiece ‘Panthiest’ builds with its bassy drum thuds and crystalline guitars of strummed acoustics, restrained solos and high-pitched tremelos, bleeding into Gregorian-esque chants until the song’s end. ‘Birch White’ sees frontman John Haughm reciting A. S. J. Tessimond’s ‘Birch Tree’ over chiming guitars, evoking Rowland S. Howard’s classic ‘Teenage Snuff Film’. ‘Sowilo Rune’ is the prettiest track here by a country mile, as gentle post-rock pianos offer a much-needed mood lift. The EP ends on a sparse piano reprise of the opening song which just makes me want to press play again.

‘The White EP’ and its noisier sister release ‘The Grey EP’ are essential for followers of dark folk, ambient and post-metal. Fans of Ulver, Katatonia and Godspeed You! BLack Emperor will dig these for sure.


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