Filed under: 2009 Top 20
Well, I don’t know about you but the whole “new folk” thing turned nasty really quickly for me. It didn’t take long for the genuine freshness of Newsom et al to turn into the hackneyed Crosby Stills & Nash-ism of Fleet Foxes and Bon fucking Iver (to quote my mate Bluestreak, “No wonder she left you, you wet git.”)
It’s also a matter of record that I don’t really enjoy much “trad folk”, with a few notable exceptions (more later). So it’s a relief when something like this comes along.
Number 16: The Hare & The Moon – s/t
I know next to nothing about The Hare & The Moon, indeed I only came across them because of some excellent blogging by Loki, who says in far more entertaining style much of what I think about this. In brief, it’s a genuinely weird and unsettling take on folk, essentially like Dreams Less Sweet-era Psychic TV reworking the Wicker Man soundtrack. It’s “dark folk” without the risible “blood and soil” bollocks that comes with that term because of buffoons like Tony Wakeford. I suppose this end of the resurgence of folk does elide somehow with the whole hauntology thing – you could, if you were smarter than me, construct a network that takes in Coil, Mt Vernon Arts Lab, Broadcast and The Moon & The Hare – and both this album and the Mt Vernon Arts Lab feature songs about the perennially weird Hobs Lane, which seems to almost serve the same purpose geographically as Luther Blisset et al do personally.
That’s a lot of rambling, but it is a very very good album and as I said, manages the rare feat of being sincerely unsettling (only Coil, Nurse With Wound, Sunn o))) and early Neubaten have made me feel quite so spooked).
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