salamander Bent Hemlock (CD, £8.75)label: camera obscura
This release inverts the bands paradigm by foregrounding psych/folk (instead of improvisational spacerock), giving them an opportunity to showcase their abilities as lyricists, songwriters and acoustic multi-instrumentalists. The improvisational part is still present but for the most part the music is employed economically, played in concentrated doses as short instrumental interludes between concise vocal numbers. To fill out the sound of the album there are guests on violin, cello and percussion. For now, these new beguiling and revelatory acoustic landscapes show a versatile outfit using all the tools in their repertoire in persuit of new expression, and coming out the better for it.
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