Album review: Big Hogg – Pageant of Beasts

Album artwork Words by Grey Malkin Glasgow's Big Hogg have become a beloved and recognisable fixture on that city's music scene, regularly collaborating with local fellow travellers such as members of the much missed Trembling Bells, as well as with visiting luminaries such as Ex Reverie (the band recently backed Gillian Chadwick on her and Julia … Continue reading Album review: Big Hogg – Pageant of Beasts

EP review: The Owl Service – Rise Up Rise Up

Album artwork Words by Grey Malkin The Owl Service initially came to attention via a series of mostly self-released EPs throughout 2006 and 2007, each highlighting not only their love of rustic or psychotropic horror films such as Blood On Satan's Claw and Psychomania, but also their masterful and intuitive ability to capture a psychedelically hued folk rock … Continue reading EP review: The Owl Service – Rise Up Rise Up

Album review: Moongazing Hare – The Middle Distance

Source: album artwork Words by Grey Malkin Moongazing Hare, the public persona of musician and artist David Folkmann Drost, has been working on the fringes of intimate and experimental psych folk for several years now, to both significant acclaim and accomplishment. Collaborating at times with fellow like-minded travellers such as Trappist Afterland and United Bible … Continue reading Album review: Moongazing Hare – The Middle Distance

Album review: Rokurokubi – Iris, Flower of Violence

Album artwork Words by Grey Malkin Brighton based psychedelic folk duo Rokurokubi (Rose and Edmund) first emerged in 2019, as if out of the pages of a copy of Perrault’s 'Fairy Tales', or from somewhere deep within Lewis Carrol’s imagination, with their debut recording ‘Saturn in Pisces’. An elaborately adorned, paisley patterned masterclass in wyrd … Continue reading Album review: Rokurokubi – Iris, Flower of Violence

Album review: New Bums – Last Time I Saw Grace

Source: album artwork Words by Lady Godiva About half a century after Jack Kerouac and Gary Snyder's shamanic adventures, The Dharma Bums, New Bums surfaced whilst kicking their heels in San Francisco, reinventing bohemian life and releasing their debut in 2014. After a long time on the road interrupted by the pandemic, this year welcomes … Continue reading Album review: New Bums – Last Time I Saw Grace

Album review: Firefay – Tales of Monsters and Fairies

Source: album artwork Words by Grey Malkin London based Firefay have been quietly releasing their consistently engaging and unique takes on psychedelic folk for a number of years, delighting and bewitching in equal measure with releases such as 'Anointed Queen' (recorded with Alison O'Donnell of Mellow Candle and United Bible Studies) and the breathtaking 'The … Continue reading Album review: Firefay – Tales of Monsters and Fairies

Album review: The Left Outsides – Are You Sure I Was There?

Album artwork Words by Grey Malkin Alison Cotton and Mark Nicholas, The Left Outsides, follow quickly on the heels of their beautifully bleak live opus ‘A Place To Hide’ with a new long player, ‘Are You Sure I Was There?’, a considered and finely wrought masterwork that may well be their finest album to date. … Continue reading Album review: The Left Outsides – Are You Sure I Was There?

Album review: Burd Ellen – Says The Never Beyond

Source: album artwork Words by Grey Malkin Burd Ellen, the duo of Gayle Brogan and Debbie Armour, return bearing Yule tidings with their sophomore effort ‘Says The Never Beyond’, a spellbinding collection of wintry folksong that 'occupies the liminal space between sacred and secular, connecting to the deep seasonal traditions of Britain and Ireland'. Similar to … Continue reading Album review: Burd Ellen – Says The Never Beyond

Album review: Buck Curran – No Love Is Sorrow

Source: album artwork Words by Grey Malkin Buck Curran, one half of acclaimed psych folk duo Arborea alongside Shanti Deschaine, has also established himself as significant artistic force in his own right with a series of visionary albums that began with 2016’s ‘Immortal Light’. Weaving Robbie Basho-tinged raga with American primitive fingerpicking, subtle guitar drones … Continue reading Album review: Buck Curran – No Love Is Sorrow

Album review: Nick Jonah Davis – When the Sun Came

Source: album artwork Words by Grey Malkin Derbyshire based Nick Jonah Davis has become increasingly renowned and respected, both for his live work (with the likes of James Blackshaw, Jozef  Van Wissem and Alasdair Roberts), as well as appearances on albums by folk artists Sharron Kraus and Jim Ghedi. Most significantly, his previous four albums … Continue reading Album review: Nick Jonah Davis – When the Sun Came