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‘The Quietened Village’ A Year In The Country - examining this land’s derelict and vanished villages

(March 26, 2016)

Sometimes one should not delve too deeply. Accept things for what they are. Go along the path they lead. Let the darkness and the light become one and relish both. To share with ‘The Quietened Village’ demands that much of the listener ... become one with its examination of this land’s derelict and vanished villages. These habitations of ghosts were once homes to living breathing souls ... the quietened villagethey have fallen victim to progress, intentional flooding or become gravestones bereft of life save for wild birds and the sounds of their cries.

To express these feelings through music needs the involvement of artists that already work their magic through the ethereal sides of expression unafraid to take the ‘path less trodden’. Listen to its delicate and entrancing, at times disconcerting, weave of absorbing instrumentation, electronica and tape manipulation, velvety vocals and half-recalled echoes. ‘The Quietened Village’ allows prime exponents of expressive psyche folk such as Howlround, The Rowan Amber Mill, Cosmic Neigbourhood, Sproatly Smith, The Straw Bear Band, The Soulless Party, Time Attendant, Polypores, A Year In The Country, David Colohan and Richard Moult to lead you through ‘The Quietened Village’.

The music conjures roofless walls holding spirits not populations, skeletal spires pointing accusative fingers skywards, submerged shadows reflecting in water, crumbled remains wreathing a cliff’s base – through tracks like the gentle ‘The Drowning of Mardale Green’, the frightening ‘Playground Ritual’, the medieval-tinged ‘Separations’ and the evocative ‘Lost Villages of Holderness’.

In their own words: “The album is released as part of the ‘A Year In The Country’ project – a set of year-long journeys through and searching for an expression of an underlying unsettledness to the English bucolic countryside dream; an exploration of an otherly-pastoralism, the patterns beneath the plough, pylons and amongst the edgelands.”

Find out more here: ayearinthecountry.co.uk - release date: 25th April 2016.

Review: Tim Carroll

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