1.demo-version Fern Knight : Music for witches and alchemists (US,2003)****' I received this release already before they/she found any publisher for it. I believe here The Eyeshores participated, with their full sound, and relaxed playing. Their sparse contribution enriches the songs even more evolving into a kind of urban chamber acid folk music, ('flowers still there'). The music is pleasant and positive, poetic and romantic, well balanced in every way. Each song is a world of perfection. "Summer of Throg" is a bit more worked out as chamber music. Highly recommended !! For every romantic soul around. Every second of it is essential.
update : vhf records released this on CD on Nov 1 '06! Eclipse Records released it on LP in 2007:
2.VHF/Eclipse Rec. Fern Knight : Music for witches and alchemists (US,rec.2003,pub.2006/2007)****'
When I read my old reviews I realize now how tired I was in those days, not being able to write or concentrate better, having loud neighbours for years amongst other disturbing things; and, as if more awake now, I feel ashamed of the poor results of some reviews, as well as for the disturbed presence I must have had, enough to lose sympathy for some people.* I am not sure if I better should not wipe out some earlier remarks and even whole pages, or change a lot for the benefit of the readings. Fern Knight’s release was one of those items that I think deserved more a detailed check-out. Only recently I have my hands on a real CD of it ; it has been years since I have heard the demo. Also, the Philadelphia crew are so active and getting more recognition, it is also the right time to give a renewed attention to the, for me, still too unknown talented Fern Knight. Besides, just recently the album also was released on LP.
Participators for Margie Weink on vocals, guitar, cello, bells & triangle, on this release were Alec K.Redfearn on accordion & jawharp (Eyesores), Otto Hauser on percussion & drums, Chris Saraulloon bowed saw (Eyesores), Orion Rigel Dommise on synth and harmonium, Jesse Sparhawk on harp (Espers), Meg Baird on vocals (Espers) and Greg Weeks for the recording in his studio, vocals and acid leads (Espers).
I am not sure to what the title refers to, perhaps to the fact that only few know or are aware of the magic of things and go for it, and have those goals (so not really referring to the modern day & even fashionable witches ; and also, alchemists nowadays are not existing any more ; also today’s chemistry looks for different direct effects and goals). The participating musicians have a history in playing together, under Espers and Eyesores, and therefore are also able to uplift and respect the songs without anyone dominating, with a complete group entity for making the music sound best. It is especially Margie’s guitar and voice with cello and accordion’s lonely moods that create beautiful harmonies, with extra textures by all other members, that has its own magic stream in music. There are many beautiful songs which don’t always come out as having a pretension to be important, as they are often very much cuddled in the chamber-warmth of the arranged feelings.
*(there’s an animal law that prefers to kill those animals with weakness or sickness especially by those who survive with the same things better).