wolfpeople

The tempestuous cadences of ‘Fain’ mirror the weather-beaten, desolate setting of the beautiful, secluded house in the Yorkshire Dales in which it was recorded, and just like Wolf People’s previous outputs, this new album exhibits a nostalgic reverence for bluesy, progressive sounds of the past, where nods to bands like Cream and Traffic are manifested in swirling and distorted guitar lines. While they’ve not strayed from the dropout fuzz of 2010’s ‘Steeple’, this record employs more traditional English and Scottish folk melodies than anything they’ve done previously, and ‘Fain’ is also more lyrically centred: mythical discourse rules the cathartic ‘All Returns’, and despite the band’s progressive tendencies, ‘Fain’ is not abound in archetypal prog-rock sprawls. Instead these jams are more structured and swathed in melody, offering a singular vision renouncing the elaborate tedium that often comes with this genre.

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