Peatbog Faeries – Blackhouse

Peatbog Faeries album review

Peatbog Faeries

It’s not often that I can describe a folk music CD as ‘Spectactular…’ but that’s the term that springs to mind as soon as the first track kicks in with an explosion of syths, drums and bagpipes.

Those of you who are familiar with the musical onslaught of this amazing band will be delighted with ‘Blackhouse’.

Track two is in comparison a quieter affair featuring some tasty combinations of flue and fiddle for the melody line with an underlying presence of synth, bass and percussion.

If you have read a number of my reviews before, you will know that I’m not a big fan of totally instrumental albums and usually crave a vocal track or two to break up the music. This is not the case with ‘Blackhouse’.

The ‘Blackhouse’ album is completely instrumental however never ceases to enthrall and entertain with use of sound textures applied to the music, which keeps the interest of the listener by teasing you with what might come next. What does come next makes you want more….

The album arrived just in time to have a track included on my UK Folk Music Radio Show in May 2015 and closed the show in a spectacular fashion.

I’m delighted that this is a ‘studio’ album because the band is able to be absolutely in control of the sonic delights which are woven into each track.

It’s almost like painting with sound and should be listened to loud in a darkened room where the depth and resonance works its way into your body and the melodies attack your consciousness.

An amazing and delightful piece of work from a top band of adventurous musicians and record producers. Listen this with an open mind and let the sound flow over you and around you. A sonically stunning album and essential listening.

Alan Morley