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Elfin Saddle: Ringing for the Begin Again

Track List

>Bringer, The
>Running Sheep
>Hammer Song
>Muskeg Parade
>Living Light, The
>Procession, The
>Temple Daughter
>Ocean, The

Album Reviews:

Signal To Noise (magazine) (p.51) - "[S]hot through with '90s orch-pop, traditional Japanese folk music, Tom Wait's scrapyard aesthetic, post-rock and drones. This is made all the more delightful by Honda's sweet vocals..."

Album Notes

Personnel: Jessica Moss (violin); Nathan Gage (tuba, double bass).

Audio Mixer: Efrim Menuck.

Recording information: The Mighty Hotel2Tango (2009).

A Montreal-based duo of sometime video/installation artists Emi Honda and Jordan McKenzie, Elfin Saddle transfer their experience in transforming scavenged junkyard objects into works of art to the musical stage, creating a uniquely hybridized vision of folk built from exquisite melodies deployed against layers of droning accordion and rattling ambient percussion. Reinforcing the timeless/placeless ethno-folk feel is a range of instrumental textures from acoustic guitar and banjo to xylophone and bells, making for an evocative, richly-layered song cycle whose otherness is further augmented by Emi's singing in her native Japanese tongue.


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