Album review: Meg Baird – Furling

Words by Gareth Thompson On her first solo album since 2015’s Don’t Weigh Down The Light, Meg Baird delivers a spiritual and musical watershed. Furling is the sound of someone who has gained serene knowledge, aware of their deepest feelings and thoughts. Baird’s hymns to mysticism have often danced on the fringes of understanding and … Continue reading Album review: Meg Baird – Furling

Album review: Minstrels for Sleepless – My Father the Sea & Other Fables

Album artwork Words by Grey Malkin Minstrels for Sleepless, or multi-instrumentalist Nick Palmer (of Directorsound and The A. Lords) along with friends such as psych folk artist Sharron Kraus, vocalists Ellen Harris and Grainne Nestor, cello player Chris Cole (Third Eye Foundation) and percussionist Ian Holford (Nectarine No.9), initially presented the long awaited My Father … Continue reading Album review: Minstrels for Sleepless – My Father the Sea & Other Fables

Album review: Adam Geoffrey Cole – The Tracks of the Afterlander

Words by Rhys Jones Under the guise of Trappist Afterland, Adam G Cole has carved out an uncompromising and often exciting back catalogue of acidic spiritual folk that weaves Eastern time signatures, ethereal drones and meditative audio journeys, which resulted in 2020’s Seaside Ghost Tales. The double album culminated in a series of songs that … Continue reading Album review: Adam Geoffrey Cole – The Tracks of the Afterlander

Album review: Elkhorn – Distances

Source: Album artwork Words by Grey Malkin NYC/Philadelphia based Elkhorn - Jesse Sheppard and Drew Gardner - are becoming increasingly renowned for their cosmic and widescreen, yet often intimate, guitar symphonies, with their melding of Jack Rose/Robbie Basho style acoustic work with sacred Popol Vuh atmospheres. Previous albums have offered beautiful and sonically adventurous improvisations recorded whilst being … Continue reading Album review: Elkhorn – Distances

Album review: Marc Roberts – Ghost Of Clone

Words by Grey Malkin Cardiff’s Marc (Zeuk) Roberts continues his exploration of the wyrd and wonderful corners of both psych folk and baroque pop with Ghost of Clone, an ambitious and highly satisfying book and album pairing that exemplifies Robert’s uniquely creative and distinctive approach. Following on from recent Zeuk missives Crow Spanner and Minutes (where … Continue reading Album review: Marc Roberts – Ghost Of Clone

Album review: Paul Roland & Mick Crossley – Through The Spectral Gate

Source: album artwork Words by Grey Malkin Paul Roland should need no introduction, his position as a major mover in the underground psych scene from the 1980s onwards led fellow traveller Robyn Hitchcock to describe him as ‘the male Kate Bush’, with barque chamber folk albums such as Cabinet of Curiosities and eclectic psych jewels such … Continue reading Album review: Paul Roland & Mick Crossley – Through The Spectral Gate

Album review: RJ McKendree – Wallflower (Tom Cox’s ‘Villager’ soundtrack)

Source: album artwork Words by Grey Malkin The bestselling author Tom Cox is known to many from different aspects of his written work, be it his much loved My Sad Cat features, his autobiographical works such as 21st Century Yokel (which documents Cox’s life, perspectives and the natural world around his area) as well as, more recently, his … Continue reading Album review: RJ McKendree – Wallflower (Tom Cox’s ‘Villager’ soundtrack)

Album review: Oddfellow’s Casino – Prince of the Starry Wheel

Album artwork Words by Grey Malkin Described by Stewart Lee as ‘vast chalk hills of sound’, the Brighton-based Oddfellow’s Casino have, in their own words, ‘quietly been releasing albums since 2002’, and have since amassed a cornucopia of electronically hued psychedelic folk. The ensemble’s central figure - songwriter, author and broadcaster David Bramwell - has … Continue reading Album review: Oddfellow’s Casino – Prince of the Starry Wheel

Album review: Dark Leaves – Laid under leaf, under branches

Album artwork Words by Grey Malkin Dark Leaves, Cornwall’s Patrick Aston, first came to attention with 2018’s cinematic debut ‘Grey Stone in the Wood’, which was quickly followed by the intricately detailed gothic folk of the ‘Forest Flowing’ EP. Both showcased and demonstrated Aston’s innate ability in creating a deeply atmospheric and beautifully melancholic strain … Continue reading Album review: Dark Leaves – Laid under leaf, under branches

Psyched To Meet You: Ben Chasny

Ben Chasny Interview by Gareth Thompson American guitarist Ben Chasny is a modern psych maestro whose work ranges from pastoral acoustics to a dark electric energy. The mainstay behind Six Organs Of Admittance, he also plays with numerous side projects including Comets On Fire. A true innovator, his music can unleash an ecstatic power, an … Continue reading Psyched To Meet You: Ben Chasny