May saw the release of the following fine album from The Owl Service. And I’m not just saying that because I sing on a few of the songs. Fans of classic early British electric folk (think Steeleye Span playing on Summerisle in 1973) will not be disappointed. In fact, they’ll be bloody chuffed to bits.
The View From a Hill
Rif Mountain / RM-004CD
Part two of The Owl Service’s Pattern Beneath the Plough series. 15 track single CD in digipack sleeve with 8 page booklet containing notes and photographs. As well as the seven-strong collective these new recordings also feature guest appearances from Joolie Wood (Current 93, Simon Finn), Roshi Nasehi, Derry-based singer Adam Leonard and regular collaborator Alison O’Donnell (Mellow Candle). This epic suite of traditional British songs sees the band refining both their sound and their approach to arranging traditional song. The result is a timeless collection of exquisitely produced folk-rock which, like their debut album, recalls past giants of the genre such as Mellow Candle, Fairport Convention and Trees, but is stamped with the band’s own sound, a sound that’s becoming ever more distinctive.
Released May 31st 2010.