A record that is sure to divide the purists and experimentalists, Weirdlore is the kind of sublime indulgence that makes the Folkpolice label so wonderful. Who else would put together such a quality package, complete with comprehensive booklet, sleeve notes, etal, for a motley grouping of outsiders committed to ploughing an often uncommercial furrow?
The fact that the word commercial has to come into it is a sad indictment of our times, and, in fairness, for every "out there" offering on this pick-and-mix of esoterica, there is something accessible. Indeed, some of the better known acts, such as Alisdair Roberts, Nancy Wallace and Emily Portman, contribute tracks that would stand out on their own releases alongside highlights from a number of Folkpolice's own acts like Sproatly Smith and Harp and a Monkey.
Yes, there are songs about trees, Norse gods and cuckolded mole catchers, field recordings, psychedelics and detuned guitars, but that shouldn't seem weird to anyone, traditionalist or experimentalist, in 2012. So, all in all, a very enjoyable collection that deserves mass appeal in a niche market.
Well done Folkpolice for another record that maintains high standards.