Sunday, January 24, 2010

In Gowan Ring - Love Charms

World Serpent, 1999

Supremely underrated folk group of one lovelorn lutier B'Eirth. Commonly lumped in with "neofolk" artists and while at least sharing the antiquarianism of the movement (and some its members and collaborators such as Annabel Lee and Michael Moynihan), In Gowan Ring truly works an entirely different magick. Medieval and psychedelic, as much as the ancient past as the stars, elder songs soaked in resonant tones interspersed with freely improvised fife, drone, and chimes. Some of this even sounds like the classic Six Organs Of Admittance albums of the era (especially Dark Noontide), but with an entirely different, poetic troubadour approach to lyrics and songwriting. Not to be missed.


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