Hailing from Philadelphia, currently one of the epicentres of the new acid-folk scene and featuring backing from various members of its foremost collective, Espers, Fern Knight is a venture unafraid of announcing its intentions. If the project moniker itself does not sufficiently evoke an atmosphere of eerie medieval mysticism, then surely the album title cannot fail. Nor is it particularly surprising to learn that the track 'Marble Grey' was inspired by Arthur Machen's masterpiece of weird fiction 'The White People.' This track is perhaps the album's centrepiece, the minor cello riff and insistent vocal refrain haunting the listener as effectively as any supernatural presence. Despite all this, there is an undeniable warmth to 'Music for Witches and Alchemists.' Much of this derives from Margie Wienk's vocals which are certainly less stark than fellow travellers such as Sharron Kraus or Jana Hunter, and is emphasised by the recurrent presence of an accordion. The arrangements on the whole are particularly sensitive and layered, with mouth harp lending a bounciness to 'W. Memphis' and frequent interjections from Greg Weeks' immediately recognisable lead guitar. Meanwhile, the opening track 'A Song for Ireland' recalls touchstones of Seventies folk-rock opulence, Mellow Candle and Midwinter. Perhaps the album does tail off somewhat towards the end, with the melodies growing less distinct. This is a small criticism, however, and 'Music for Witches and Alchemists' represents an essential addition to the burgeoning acid-folk revival.