Hidden Folk CD (2009)

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Product Overview


Label Important Records/allegro
SKU 212637356
UPC 793447527420
UPC 14 00793447527420
Format CD
Release Date 11/10/2009
Author Robin Crutchfield
Technical Info
CatalogID 274
Lable Name Important Records
Released 11/10/2009
Original Release 2009
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 35m : 49s
UPC 00793447527420
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Robin Crutchfield (harp, lyre, tanpura, percussion, bells, sampler).
Recording information: The Treehouse.
Without looking at the name written on the sleeve it would be impossible to believe this album was the work of Robin Crutchfield, former member of downtown N.Y.C. no wave band DNA. There is none of that group's jagged, high-tension art-splatter on The Hidden Folk; instead, this is a very creepy disc of short instrumentals performed on harp, zither, percussion, and other objects made of wood and string. It's not folk music, exactly; it's closer in spirit to the instrumental interludes that appear on some black metal albums. Tape hiss and weird panning effects give some tracks the effect of field recordings captured in some darkened forest, while others sound like acoustic versions of early-'80s work by the Residents ("Mind the Dwarves," a short piece for either marimba or music box, could easily have come off one of the Mole Trilogy albums). Taken as a whole, immersive experience, The Hidden Folk feels like the score to a horror movie about city folk lost in -- and eventually consumed by -- the woods: something like the original version of The Wicker Man. When a sudden rattle goes off midway through "Pearl Sorting Pixies," most listeners will undoubtedly jump in their chairs. Unsettling stuff. ~ Phil Freeman
Disc 1
1 We Find Our Way In
2 Conjuring
3 Zither Madness
4 Insect Machines
5 Gnomes Underground
6 Song For Apollo
7 Hollow Oak My Humble Home, The
8 Poison Splinter
9 Winkies Wake Up Call
10 Mind the Dwarves
11 Pearl Sorting Pixies
12 Cricket Thicket
13 Trolling the Tin Mines
14 Wood Mallet Knockabout
15 Rockinghorsefly
16 Stoke the Bellows Fellows
17 Faerie Lights
18 It All Ends Here
19 Bowl is a Bell, A
Product Attributes
Artist Crutchfield,Robin
Music Format Compact Disc
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