Language of Light / Crow Tongue — The Tower / Wind Chant
(AntiClock ECr001, 2008, 7")
by Henry Schneider, Published 2009-07-01
This split 7” dark gray marbleized vinyl 33 1/3 rpm record brings together two disparate, and yet similar bands. Language of Light is the love child of Frank Suchomel of Inalonelyplace and R. Loftiss of The Gray Field Recordings. Their contribution, “The Tower,” is dark acoustic guitar and violin interspersed with Sarah Hughes’ little girl spoken words. The song is a haunting tale of a child escaping from a possibly evil home to the outside world. There is an appealing guitar motif that builds throughout the song to an ambient rhythmic drone and ends sounding like something from Godspeed You Black Emperor. On the flip side is Crow Tongue’s “Wind Chant.” Crow Tongue is the duo of Æ Hoskin (djembe, percussion, heart) and tiMOTHy (gumbri-banjo, vocals, shakers, ætheric engineering). tiMOTHy is from the acid-experimental-folk band Stone Breath, but there is little comparison to Crow Tongue. “Wind Chant” is a sparse and rhythmic pagan mix of banjo, percussion, and monotone chanting evoking images of autumn and death. At the very end of the song is an eerie banshee-like howl. The wraparound artwork is equally foreboding. This split 7” is the first in series of limited editions. So if you are a fan of dark folk music, don’t delay in searching out this record.
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