Down in the Valley CD
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Charlotte Greigs first two albums, Night Visiting Songs and Down In The Valley, established her as a genuinely unique voice - a folk minimalist inspired equally by Anne Briggs, Nico and the Young Marble Giants. Her third album At Llangennith marked a move towards a more spacious, airy sound: this was a song cycle, described by Andy Kershaw as : a remarkable record it sort of sneaks up and slips its arm around you.
Now her fourth album Winter Woods sees Greig revisiting the gothic world of Down In The Valley, with her trademark harmonium once again to the fore. This time the drum machines and samplers have been exchanged for mountain dulcimer, melodica, and mandolin to give the music a certain backwoods feel. Here Greig uses the raw material of the British folk tradition, with its murder ballads and dark love songs, to create a kind of alt. folk that shares a common cause with just a handful of other British acts - James Yorkston and the late lamented Lal Waterson - but finds a resonance with many American alt. country pioneers from Will Oldham to Gillian Welch.
Winter Woods was recorded and produced by Greig in her home studio in Cardiff, Wales. The songs include seven originals - co-written with her long-time musical collaborator, Julian Hayman plus two traditional folk songs, and one cover, a delicate reading of Sonic Youths Cotton Crown.
Greig has come up with her most refined and accessible album yet... the gentle serenity of The Cowboy Junkies pervades Winter Woods. Quietly beautiful. -- Western Mail
The Sibyl of Welsh alt. folk This is august music unfiltered by the self-conscious artlessness that burdens so much indie music. -- Independent On Sunday
With this excellent fourth album Greig weaves tales of a quiet gothic terror, infused with romance, suspense and real beauty. -- Mojo