Sunday, May 26, 2013

Arrowwood/Beautiful Grave/Merlin's Nose Records/2013 CD Review


  Arrowwood  are  a  band  from  the  United  States  that  plays  a  mixture  of  neo,  pagan,  psychedelic  and  dark  folk  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2012  album  "Beautiful  Grave"  which  was  released  by  Merlin's  Nose  Records.

 Percussion's  bring  a  very  tribal  orientated  feeling  to  the  recording,  while  the  synths  and  sound  effects  bring  in  elements  of  dark  ambient  and  drone  to  the  music  while  also  adding  in  many  different  elements  of  influences  from  a  variety  of  different  folk  music  genres.

  Acoustic  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  use  finger  picking  and  full  chords  to  combine  neo,  pagan,  psychedelic  and  dark  folk  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  while  also  mixing  in  some  flutes  that  enhance  the  pagan  elements  of  the  music.

  Vocals  when  they  are  utilized  are  mostly  clean  singing  female  vocals  along  with  a  brief  use  of  male  singing,  while  the  song  themes  and  lyrics  cover  cover  Paganism  and  Nature,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  dark  and  powerful  sound  and  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on t his  recording.  

  In  my  opinion  Arrowwood  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  neo,  pagan,  psychedelic  and  dark folk  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Under  Root  A  Winding  Star"  "Goblin  Market"  "Ballad  Of  The  Hang  Man"  and  "We  Are  Dark  Wells".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

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