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4 stars Hauntingly beautiful

My thanks to one of my favorite reviewers Kenneth Levine for introducing me to this group.

"Haul ar yr Eira" is one of those completely enchanting recordings that is perfect in every way, that encompasses the things that make an album a lifelong pleasure. First off, remember that this is folk music. It's not acid-folk, it's not Comus, and it doesn't rock. Yes it has some progressive elements but do not expect something like Harmonium because this is much closer to folk than to prog. If you accept that and like folk music you are in for a treat. Pererin (meaning "pilgrim") in this set of traditional music attempts to preserve the Welsh roots and culture while offering some delicate modern touches of electric guitar/folk rock and progressive arrangements. The vocals and instrumental work are simply superb and this first album features the pristine angelic vocals of Nest Llywelyn, who I really missed on the other Pererin recordings. Each track is augmented flawlessly with acoustic and electric guitars, occasional drums and bass, flawless harmonies, keys, flute, and mandolin. The electric lead guitar is very sensitive and atmospheric. The songwriting is also out of this world literally with these melodies that are instantly emotionally moving and perfectly crafted. I was in love with this music on the first play. I also admire their intention of preserving the past in a world where increasingly distinct cultures, language, and the "old ways" are in danger of disappearing into time. That's really what is important about this recording, the fact that you have in your hand something authentic to another time and place, a document as much about preservation as art. From the Welsh vocals to the traditional arrangements, from the perfectly telling cover art to the obvious care of the musicians, "Haul ar yr Eira" is a treasure.

It may sound corny to say this, but this album like few others gives me a deep sense of spiritual peace. It is literally healing to a worried mind or a wounded soul. I would suggest sampling the Pererin catalog sooner than later if interested, as these titles will at some point be very challenging to find, if not already the case. Purely magic, wholesome, fulfilling, and culturally historic.

Finnforest | 4/5 |


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