If you’re looking for good folk, you may want to look across the pond to Scotland. Snowgoose (Jim McCulloch, Dave McGowan, Anna Sheard, Raymond McGinley and Stuart Kidd) hails from there, and they’re looking to make a mark on the world of folk music with their debut album Harmony Springs. The opening track, “Crawl Out Your Window,” has pristine mandolin and great ethereal vocals by Anna Sheard, who will probably become your new favorite folk singer at the three-minute mark in this song. The title track is probably killer live and sounds like a lost New Pornographers cut.
There are other standouts on this record, like “Shifting Sands” (which has a nice jazz swing to it that would make Carlos Santana grit his teeth with envy). “Sycamore” has some of the best organ work I’ve heard in a while, and I love the creepy harpsichord on “The Apple Sun.”
“I Will Wait for You” is not only a pretty love song, but also a wild surprise with dueling shredding and surf guitar solos between Jim McCulloch and Raymond McGinley. The album ends with some nice country flavor (“Hazy Lane” and “Whispers and Echoes”) that sounds a lot better than most country bands you’ll hear on U.S. radio. If you like folk, check out this record.
Harmony Springs was released on CD, digital downloads and vinyl LP by Open Hearth in UK on November 12 and in the USA by Ba Da Bing Records on October 30.
~ Nik Havert
Nik Havert is a writer, DJ, harmonica player, martial arts instructor, comic book publisher, crime fighter,music lover, cult movie enthusiast, and modern day Renaissance man. He hopes to shark cage dive sometime in the next few years and enjoys travel and good natural root beer.
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