ReverbWorshipThe Hare And The Moon -cdr- (UK,2009)***' This is already the second run of a limited CDR of 50 hand numbered copies. I have repeated enough before that I’m not a fan of CDRs (I have just read another article, on ZDN, how cdr’s don’t last long -so what's new?-) but I will continue to pick out just some cdrs to review, hoping some of them will be released on a proper CD some day. Also Hare And The Moon should be interesting to at least some neofolk and Pagan folk lovers, where they have something special to offer.
With relative simple elements they succeed in creating some magic moments of magic spells and traditional songs that become like rituals. Most of them are sung or half spoken by a very nice typical female folk voice (in the British tradition). Guiding elements are earth bass drum, sometimes with some church bell touches, acoustic and electric guitars, more often with fuzz effects (with a rather psychedelic neo-folkrock effect), some melodic keyboards and occasional buzz drones. The instruments often repeat in simple 1 to 4 rhythms the folk melodies or rhythm involved turn it into a repetitive hypnotic spell, a ritual on a small place, while the rhythms often have something of a funeral march. Here and there a child voice or wizard confirms the aspect of a children’s play ritual or magic ritual context, these old traditionals get a different meaning.. I experienced many favourite moments, but perhaps “The Rolling Of The Stones” I take out as a great example of their typicality of interpretations.