Faun Fables – Light Of A Vaster Dark

Dawn McCarthy hasn’t necessarily made it easy to read her Faun Fables.  Through her dalliances with performance art theatrics, rustic film-noir atmospherics and heady conceptual songwriting – which reached a peak on 2006’s The Transit Rider – McCarthy and her primary Faun Fables sideman Nils Frykdahl have in part been ghettoised by both inverted … [Read more...]

Wooden Wand – “Perch Modifier”

Harem of the Sundrum & the Witness Figg was the first solo album from Wooden Wand's James Jackson Toth who previously recorded and performed with the now disbanded group The Vanishing Voice. Released on Soft Abuse Records, Toth is an artist whose range stretches from the experimental to psychedelic country-folk. "Perch Modifier" offers a … [Read more...]

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy: Beware

Usually, a promo CD arrives here as the full album, with promo cover and a press release. Beware seems to represent a new phenomenon though. Each of the thirteen tracks contains not one but two spoken interjections, reminding your humble reviewer that 'this is a promotional copy of Beware. These soundbites cut across the music on the album just … [Read more...]