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Fern Knight

Castings

Vhf
LP $16.00

11/09/2010 783881012217 

VHF 122 


CD $12.00

11/09/2010 783881012224 

VHF 122 


MP3 $8.91

11/09/2010 783881012224 

 


Castings is the third VHF release of lovely psych/folk by East Coast quartet Fern Knight, written, arranged and performed with their trademark quality and verve. Somewhat less fastidious than 2008's exquisitely arranged Fern Knight CD, Castings has a warm, analog feel, with looser and louder performances. Led as always by Margaret Ayre's voice, guitar and cello, the group stretches out on rockier fare like "The Poisoner," growling with fuzz, while leaving plenty of room for softer moments of beautiful clarity. There are "jammy" moments here, but everything is expertly sized and placed, with not a moment wasted on doodles. The centerpiece of Castings is Fern Knight's treatment of the epic King Crimson doom classic "Epitaph." Trading their own cello and violin for the original's signature mellotron, the group channels the vibe of the original while making it their own. Ayre's cool and understated vocal plays it straight where less assured players and performers would make a bombastic mess. As on the self-titled CD, Jesse Sparhawk's harp and James Wolf's violin provide the heart of the sound, allowing the band to mold classic genre forms into a unique, singular style.

Tracklist

  1. #1 From Zero to Infinity

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  2. #2 The Poisoner

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  3. #3 Pentacles

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  4. #4 Long Dark Century

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  5. #5 Cave of Swords

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  6. #6 Cups + Wands

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  7. #7 The Eye of the Queen

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  8. #8 Epitaph

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  9. #9 Crumbling Stairs

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Single MP3s for this release are $0.99.

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