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THE VILLAGE TO THE VALE

Autumn Chorus

 

Crossover Prog

3.80 | 113 ratings

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Finnforest
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3 stars Old English horizons

I like the coincidence that at the time I stumbled across this little treasure recorded in the Sussex countryside, I happened to be watching a story about a ninth century Wessex king trying to fend off the invading Northmen. Perfect music for such images. Autumn Chorus, residing in Brighton, have been around for many years but this 2012 disc is their sole release to date.

The soft and pastoral sound of Autumn Chorus is perfect backdrop to any exploration of old south England, as triumphant as tattered flags with dragons, as worn as hardened dirt paths connecting one small village to another. I would call the sound post-rock mixed with folk-progressive and light symphonic influences. A woodsy vibe mixed with ambient rock, Yorke like vocals and wide cinematic post rock scope. The guitars shimmer throughout over very dense soundscape and lilting piano. Occasional strings, flute, and female vocals add wonderful atmospheres when the come in. At times the lovely acoustic guitar parts even reminded me of Ant Phillips. As some mentioned this album doesn't rock in the conventional sense, it mostly moves at a glacial pace and rewards the patient listener. They spent a lot of time trying to make sure everything was just perfect, like a director waiting for the right light for a shot. It really is an album you can get lost in. This is the work of great friends and it is a lovely recording though not a masterpiece in my book. Beautiful and well worth hearing though.

Finnforest | 3/5 |

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