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A trustworthy guide into strange places
on 17 July 2006
This compilation provides an excellent primer for anyone intrigued by the seemingly never-ending stream of newspaper and magazine articles proclaiming that folk is the new big thing. Strange Folk proves that this is a strong argument too, with tracks from acts such as Tunng, Eighteenth Day of May, King Creosote and Adem providing a taster of the burgeoning scene of exciting intelligent folk-tinged music which is finding its audience without the help of awards ceremonies and six figure marketing budgets. The compilation also delves back in time to show where this scene grew from - reminding us in the process that glam icons T-Rex started out as a mind-bending acoustic duo.
The nineteen thoughtfully sequenced tracks are largely `folk- inspired' rather than drawing obviously on traditional music but offerings from Pentangle and Alisdair Roberts at the end of the album hang the influences of the songs of old Albion more clearly on their sleeves.
Definitely Strange, Mostly Folk - All essential listening for anyone looking for something `just a little bit otherworldly'.