Label: Merlins Nose Records - MN 1007,Not On Label (In Gowan Ring Self-released) - none • Format: Box Set Limited Edition, Reissue Sewed Pouch Patch Edition 2x, CD Album • Country: Germany • Genre: Electronic, Folk, World, & Country • Style: Drone, Neofolk
Wayside Music. Search Our Catalog. Customers who purchased this item also purchased these items:. Opus 1 - Opus 1 expanded. Art Bears - Revisited 2 x CDs. Arrowwood - Beautiful Grave. Reija, Xavi - Resolution. Vialka - A l'Abri des Regards Indiscrets special oversize art package. Now, listening to "The Glinting Spade" several years later, I've come to the conclusion that I don't need to be any sort of phase to enjoy this album. Immediate comparisons to Current 93 in their "apocalyptic folk" mode come to mind, but In Gowan Ring is much more listenable.
Granted, Be My Baby - Unknown Artist - Boøwy ⊕ Complex ⊕ Himuro Kyosuke two bands share a lot of musical common ground. Gently strummed acoustic guitars, odd percussion, and a sort of hazy, droning psychedelia that just hovers in the background.
The most striking difference between the two groups are the vocals. Even if you think that David Tibet is a lyrical genius, you must admit that his voice is definitely an acquired taste. On the other hand, the vocals of B'eirth are downright lovely.
Soft and lulling, his wispy vocals flow right along with the music. Often layered behind walls of droning, shifting sounds and gentle acoustic guitars, he sounds as if he's coming from some far-off dreamland, or from some perpetual state of half-sleeping, half-waking. Lyrically, the album reads like some sort of bizarre waking dream.
On paper, it sounds mighty awkward. Milk Star - In Gowan Ring - The Glinting Spade listening to it sung by B'eirth, the Milk Star - In Gowan Ring - The Glinting Spade sound perfectly natural, as McMaster & James - Sweet Sensation they were the only words that could go with his voice and the music.
In Gowan Ring weaves a lovely sound throughout the album. It's psychedelic and folksy, but in all the right ways. Some of the tracks tend to go a bit too long, such as the meandering, aimless "Milk Star", but for the most part, the album is an enchanting journey.
There's a fragility throughout many of the songs, helped, no doubt, by B'eirth's gentle vocals. At other times, it sounds like The Verve if they'd been a madrigal choir. If you're normally put off by words like "psychedelic" and "trippy", associating them with bands whose music consists of 15 minute organ solos, pseudo-mystical references, and an overwhelming need to be taken more seriously than they should be, relax.
There's no such pretension on "The Glinting Spade". Even the trippiest, shroomiest sections of the album have a warmth and humanity about them. Customer Reviews. Write A Review. Home Search Site Map. Your Price.
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