Wednesday, May 6, 2020

WolfSong By Carys

Written by
Steve Sheppard

Following on the back of her last successful album A Different Kind Of Normal, Carys is back with a new release entitled WolfSong. There can be no doubt that folk music is making somewhat of a comeback as a genre these days, this renascence is highlighted further with the release of this new offering, one which is most agreeable and incredibly listenable.

WolfSong is a 13 track collection of compositions, and has many stand out offerings along its journey, the opener being a great place to start and called The Old Straight Track, the Andrew ’Spud’ Sinclair of Steeleye Span guitar and the constant onward movement from the vocals and percussion, is a superb starting point to begin with.

There are ballads a plenty and Reynardine is fine example of the delicacy of the vocals of Carys. This at times gave a little Kate Bush feel to the proceedings, while tracks like Silver Lady manifest a tale told well by the artist, one that utilizes a fine array of musicality along the way.

There is also a little mystery built into the weave as well with probably my personal favourite of them all, with the dark and classic Black Dog Rides Tonight, you can picture this perfectly, almost to hounds of the Baskerville’s proportion, clever percussion and vocals that created such a wonderful narrative that was so easy to follow, and with such drama.

WolfSong is a very agreeable album indeed, an release packed with charming compositions like Gather In, Freyja's Embers, and of course the title track and the last composition off the album WolfSong, a mantra that is a story book all of its own, but performed with style and such class, and one that takes the listener along with it with ease.

WolfSong by Carys is a further step in the right direction for the artist; she is proving herself to be a singer of supreme story telling ability, and the pieces she sings are chapters weaved into a tapestry of sound, song and enchantment, once you have pressed play on this recording, it will be near on impossible to pull yourself away from it until it’s final conclusion, a riveting album indeed.

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