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Wickerbird - The Westering

Wickerbird: The Westering EP [Review & Stream]

Words by Monica McClure.

What’s so good?:
When I was younger I thought folk was daggy. I am so happy to have been proven wrong time and time again, and Blake Cowan aka Wickerbird has hammered the final nail into the coffin of my oh-so-specious first opinion.

The Westering EP is Wickerbird’s follow-up to debut album The Crow Mother. Cowan called The Crow Mother the prologue, with The Westering the first chapter, and it certainly has the makings of a much more mature artist.

It sounds like Wickerbird jammed a forest into a bathroom to record this EP. It’s full of crackly atmosphere, outdoor ambient samples, and reverby echoes. The organic production style gives the EP a lingering and delicate wistfulness, with Cowan’s vocals and breathily layered harmonies fragile and alluring.

The Westering sounds like a dusty old record of your dad’s that has been hiding away in some crate since the 70s. Wickerbird slots right into the current wave of nu-folk artists, but still sounds authentic. It’s an easy recording to like.

What’s not so good?:
My attention waned a bit in the last couple of tracks.

Tracks:
‘Boreal’ opens the EP on a high note, with the simple yet timeless guy and acoustic guitar combination. It’s nice to hear some clarity in between the ethereal resonance, like in second track ‘Hollow,’ which pulls the listener into a captivating ambient fuzz.

‘The Harbour’ is remote but beautiful.

Further comments:
I’ve never wanted to go to Washington State before now.

Rating:
4 out of 5.

Release:
March 26, 2013

Genre:
Dream folk

Sounds like:
Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes

Check ‘em out:
Somewhere in the US. Sigh.

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