Music Reviews

Artist: Birch and Meadow (@)
Title: Butterflies And Graves
Format: CD
Label: Time Released Sound (@)
Rated: *****
Birch And Meadow is the work of David Wenngren (Library Tapes) and Swedish singer-songwriter Sara Forslund. The website describes the album thus: 'Alongside David's spare and lingeringly lovely electronic treatments, Sara vocalizes an emotional soundtrack to an imaginary film featuring Nico and folk legend Shirley Collins, fighting over the man who has left them both and stolen their harmoniums!' Delicate male and female vocals hover just over the drones ' there is a deep sense of intimacy, as if you are listening in on a couple's personal conversations. These fragile compositions hang in the air like morning fog; the slightest hint of sun could destroy it in a few moments, but it is beautiful and covers the dawn in a shroud of mystery. The lyrics are actually poetic, as opposed to simply rhyming, evoking feelings of beauty and loss. At times there is a touch of noise and dissonance in the tracks, most pronounced in 'When the Sun is Warm,' which works well with the lyrics and keeps it from being too much a straightforward love song. The closest comparison I can come up with is This Mortal Coil's 'Filgree and Shadow.' Like that album, this is stunning and beautiful. Other similarities include In Gowan Ring and Birch Book. Incredibly well done. This album weighs in at around 31 minutes.

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