ALBUM REVIEW: House & Land – Across The Field | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 14.06.19





Like kindred spirits Anna & Elizabeth or our own Stick In The Wheel, North Carolina duo House & Land are finding new approaches to traditional folk material, investing it with elements of minimalism, psychedelia and that ‘new weird America’ vibe of acts like Josephine Foster or Black Twig Pickers (of whom Sally Anne Morgan was also a member).

So whilst the Rabbie Burns-collected Scottish love song Ca The Yowes might be best known via Shirley Collins, House & Land add shruti boxes and a feminist perspective (this latter being a recurring theme in their work). Similarly, Blacksmith – which might seem exhausted after so many interpretations – is reinvented as a languid, haunting, almost lysergic lullaby and Carolina Lady becomes a blues-tinged, hazy dream. Folk is reinventing itself – again – and you should pay attention.



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