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Fain [VINYL]

Wolf People Vinyl
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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Following their first album, Steeple, Tidings is the first dark and frenzied offering from London's Wolf People -- an alchemistic compendium of English classic rock that has been doused in wine, its pages left red-stained, blurred and melded in the most interesting ways.

The quartet -- and first UK rock band to join the Jagjaguwar inner circle -- is eager to stress that Tidings is ... Read more in Amazon's Wolf People Store

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  • Vinyl (29 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jagjagjaguwar
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,902 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Empty Vessels
2. All Returns
3. When the Fire Is Dead in the Grate
4. Athol
5. Hesperus
6. Answer
7. Thief
8. NRR

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Recorded in a beautiful and isolated house in the yorkshire dales, fain is the sound of a band at the peak of their creative powers. It’s an honest and natural album that allows its stories, its melodies, its themes and structures to breathe. The album draws on more traditional english and scottish folk melodies than anything they’ve done before, but not straying from the drop-out fuzz-rock route they’ve made their own, the influences are vast – british rock bands like groundhogs, dark, mighty baby and peter green’s fleetwood mac are evident in the swirling and distorted guitars throughout fain, along with the 60s revival. Folk of fairport convention, nic jones, and trees. Additionally they have looked towards scandinavian’s rich psychedelic tradition both new and old – you can hear the likes of mecki mark men, mikael ramel and contemporaries dungen. You can even hear the band’s teenage forays into hip-hop in the drums of “thief ” and “athol.” It rained constantly throughout the recording process and the house was so packed with gear and recording equipment the band were forced to sleep in tents and caravans parked outside. Whilst performing, they could look out into the vast countryside and catch sight of buzzards. Hares, curlews and hundreds upon hundreds of crows and gulls. The fire was on permanently, overnight and throughout the day. A serene experience that informs every track on the album. It was mixed and finished in the equally rainy london, with additional performances from olivia chaney on piano and backing vocals, plus nic kearey and rachel davies of stick in thewheel and various (xl). Jace lasek (the besnard lakes) recorded backing vocals in vancouver remotely for all returns. As evidenced by the first single "all returns," fain is more lyrically focused than anything they've previously recorded.. The song tells the story of a dream jack sharp (guitars/vocals) had during which an acquaintance had looked into his eyes and seen into his soul whilst calmly describing his faults and inner demons, a truly cathartic experience. However, says sharp, his life is largely “too banal” for material and he largely draws upon snapshots of history to furnish him with the ideas for lyrics. Stand out track “thief ” is taken from various stories of highwaymen that had been made famous by broadsheet ballads and plays – the likes of charles peace,william nevison, jonathan wild and jack sheppard. He delivers this story in first person, almost as if he is playing the part of a complete degenerate with little or no conscience or morals. As sharp says, “it’s like a form of tourism. You can visit but not live in the mind of an appalling human being.”

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars eclectic beaut! 29 April 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Driving round all day with Wolf People blasting out is a nice way to spend a day. And, it's very good, not quite worth the 1,500 plus asking price someone is selling for it at the time of writing!, but nonetheless a triumph.

I saw these boys play at the Brudenell in Leeds last year, you sometimes just know when you see talent oozing off a stage, and by god they enveloped me in their fantastic retro soundscapes.

First thing to strike you about this album is how wordy they have become,perhaps with the exception of the second track, positively oozing with intelligent lyrics.

Wolf People are young (ish) but you would be forgiven for thinking you are listening to seasoned masters of their craft- they have the damned lot- musical ability, great songwriting, a sense of time and place, an indebtedness to their musical past ( way to many to mention but Fairports,bits of Tull, and a dash of early Fleetwood Mac).

This album feels just a little less wayward, but dont mistake that for constrained, they let rip oft , especially on " When The Fire.........", which comes to an abrupt stark ending, as if to say " ok enough now ! ". But its not enough I could listen to hours of their musical musings and tangential meanderings.

Its still very psychedelic but maybe a tiny bit more folky in a Pentangle kinda way; in much the same way that folk bands draw on old ballads or tales from folklore, so do Wolf People- in particular "Thief", telling the tales of highwaymen drawn from old ballads; and then we have decidedly heavy moments redolent of the early days of hard rock akin to Sabbath?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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The weather changes quickly on the dales and moorland of North Yorkshire (I know I have walked them many times), where the band known as Wolf People set up to record their second album proper, "Fain". One minute the sun is shining then suddenly the breeze picks up and the skies darken; the rain coming on. As one dead rock star famously intoned "weather changes moods" (K.Cobain, 1991).

The theme of change echoes throughout the fruits of their labour and the content of "Fain" shows a band making further progress from their mightily impressive debut, "Steeple". Wolf People move stealthily into darker territory on these outings, the music tauter and more oppressive at times than even in the heaviest moments of its predecessor. This, on the whole, is a very good thing.

"Empty Vessels" opens the record (and I hope you buy it on vinyl with free download - natch) with a snatch of chiming circular picking guitars (think the endtro of `Wheels of Confusion' by Sabbath and you wont go far wrong) and an (almost) jaunty tempo before slipping into gear changes that those who have heard "Silbury Sands" for instance, will recognise as a trademark of the Wolf People method (with lyrical references to the timelessness of being). A feedback guitar solo with a double speed (?), Oldlfield-esque guitar pattern hovering behind picks us up and moves us along toward the denouement. It's a great start.

Next up is one of the strongest songs on the record and elevated to lead single, "All Returns".
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Timely Schooling In Idiom 29 April 2013
By Gannon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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All be them a good one, Wolf People are a traditional, folk-inflected rock band, right? Fain is going to be more of the same, yes? Just what then are they playing at on recent single "All Returns"? Sure, its rickety rhythm and stoner groove more than fit the bill, but there's a deconstructed heartbeat at play here too, a mutant strain of classic rock as re-envisaged by a modern-day beat-maker. The track then lurches via a distorted guitar solo straight into dense crunching fuzz, really flexing the band's sonic muscle for the first time and, you know what, it totally slays. You simply don't snag the calibre of Jace Lasek of Besnard Lakes for backing-vocal duty otherwise.

However, just as the solid Steeple LP was committed to posterity in rural Wales, so too does Fain have a more predictable taste for the outdoors, having been captured in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. It's a vibe the band have been nailing ever since their conception and it's achieved through uncluttered simplicity. There's so much clean space between each instrument and Jack Sharp`s vocal that it renders the type of oppressive studio indulgence that, for example, killed last year's Rick Rubin-produced Howlin' Rain album even more laughable.

For the most part then, Wolf People do have a throwback template and they're going to stick to it. Things either start sleepily in vintage psyche or they stomp into life as per "When The Fire Is Dead In The Grate".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good album
Rather proggish. There's enough musical variety here to maintain my musical attention through the whole album. Appetite has been sufficiently whetted to see this band live. Read more
Published 7 months ago by DAVID DYMENT
5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite album of the year
Yes, indeed - this has become my current favourite and I can't stop playing it. As has been said, full of retro-prog-folk-rock charm and they have rekindled my love of fuzz. Read more
Published 7 months ago by D
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent follow up to Steeple
Packed full of crunchy riffs, this in an excellent album. Very early 70's in it's influences, it brings to mind Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull and Fairport Convention. Read more
Published 9 months ago by J. Goldthorpe
2.0 out of 5 stars poor vinyl
poor vinyl quality. the album is awesome but the pressing of the vinyl is really cheap. There is always a crispy sound on almost every track.
Published 9 months ago by Konstantinos Protopappas
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving it
Been playing this on repeat ever since I bought it. Brilliant. A bit heavier than Steeple. Can't wait to catch them live.
Published 9 months ago by R Wizzle
4.0 out of 5 stars Darek and Brooding Music for the Soul
I'd never heard of Wolf People before buying this album on the basis of a review.
Boy am I glad I did! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Tripod
4.0 out of 5 stars Best young band in the world
It was a very big ask to top Steeple, one of the finest records of the last 25 years, and the band haven't quite managed it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Eleanor Hamilton
4.0 out of 5 stars Thou art a worthy Fain - not a scurvy knave...
OK - enough of the cod GCSE Shakespeare and Medieval History!

Whilst I still have a slight preference for their first album, "Steeple", this is certainly a very strong... Read more
Published 11 months ago by The Mole from the Ministry
5.0 out of 5 stars Hardly stopped listening to this.
This is a fantastic album, with so many influences and so accomplished. I feel like I've found my new favourite band, which at my age is a total surprise, but a fantastic one.
Published 12 months ago by David Cochrane
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid follow up to Steeple
No real changes to their modus operandi.. 70s rock influenced by English folk music, this time with the merest hints of funk music creeping in. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Daniel Roberts
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