ALBUM REVIEW: Spires That In The Sunset Rise – Psychic Oscillations | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 09.10.20







After nearly twenty years wandering the edges of the new age woods where avant jazz makes way for the folk plains, Illinois’s Spires That In The Sunset Rise have settled instead for retreating deeper into the undergrowth on their twelfth album, Psychic Oscillations.

The title track pushes the very boundaries of the folk genre into more tonal and wordless vocal experimenting, and owes more to Inuit throat singing than any more mainstream forms, while elsewhere, rounds of oboe and light electronica endure. Geomantra is more traditionally tuneful – flutes jostle for the foreground as a silent cacophony builds behind and is a highlight, but a darkness emphasised by lilting cello and swirling incantations are only ever around the corner on Terrestrials.


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