New Reviews at Foxy Digitalis


Andy Futreal/Babel, “7/8″ split tape 

Reviewed by Anthony D’Amico.

On the Andy Futreal side:That is as conventionally musical as it gets too, as the fragile piano motif is quickly consumed by massed overlapping voices of newscasters and a deep and cavernous rumble.   The piano returns near the end, but much darker and more broken-sounding.  It kind of reminds me of some of Morton Feldman’s work a bit, forming a gently dissonant and uneasy lattice of twinkling single notes that bleed together.  Very impressive.

On the Babel  side:Part of Rehlinger’s distinctiveness is certainly due to his prominent use of atypical instrumentation (like metal bowls and woodblocks), but his aberrence runs pretty deep stylistically too, as he seems to draw inspiration equally from brooding post-rock, classical minimalism, Harold Budd (particularly his love of heavily reverb-ed piano), and probably even Martin Denny-style exotica ….  delicately melancholy piano motifs, but the many curious and sudden dynamic shifts and detours make Morpheum feel more like the soundtrack to a film than a stand-alone suite.  I think it’d be a pretty compelling film though.”

Moonwood, “River Ghosts” LP

Reviewed by Nicholas Zettel

…the subtle layers and shimmering dynamics between the sparse folk elements might not be apparent on a first, glancing listen. Jakob Rehlinger… provides a stunning experimental guitar approach, a surprisingly “organic” electric guitar sound. The buzzing drones and scorched swells sound like they are produced by a cranked, clean amplifier, and the chiming reverb and tremolo naturally follow the signal’s original dynamic …. alternate between oscillating gourd flute and ringing, deceptively simple guitar lines. Alternate instrumentation and percussion enter the background from time to time, building the intensity and providing phantom noises: choirs, gurus, spiritual awakenings. I cannot emphasize enough the sparse composition of the elements throughout this side, rendering each set of simultaneous percussion, flute, and guitar swells more intense for each occurrence …. Over multiple listens, themes of deserted landscapes, rituals, and awakening vibe through the overtones and drones. Moonwood’s experimental folk might not grab you at first listen, but the textured sounds definitely reward multiple listens.

River Ghosts and The Path reviews


River Ghosts:

From Dying For Bad Music:

“Moonwood is multi-instrumentalist Jakob Rehlinger from Canada and he is a pretty prolific musican. Put out some great records in the past and River Ghost is his freshest one.

This is psych folk in it’s best sense. Layered, droney reverbed instruments, some hand drums, guitar and other things happens in the background. Stoned and jam like ethno drone folk. This sounds like Dead Can Dance without Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry… Highly recommended!”

The Path :

From Dying For Bad Music:

“This is a split cassette with a live concert of Theo Angell on one side. Unfortunately I only know the Moonwood side, but it’s fucking magnificent! If you remember, the River Ghosts album was a mostly instrumental psych trip and The Path is now like a map for the strange terrain of River Ghosts. Highly recommended!”

From I Am Rare (Russian blog):

Translated (humourously) in Google

“Moonwood – it multi-instrumentarist of Toronto Jakob Rehlinger, playing a psycho-folk only in minor tones. At the moment he released quite a few albums, and in each of the main theme of the notorious Chekhov’s “sound of a breaking string” – an obsessive feeling that life is something completely and irrevocably gone, the remaining void is filled mostly aching melancholy, akin to a dental pain, no wonder musician in the tags to the annotations to his previous album River Ghosts put the phrase “for those suffering from seasickness.”

The Path, in fact, not an album, it’s part of the split cassette with the other musicians performing a similar kind of weird-folk, whose name was Theo Angell. This release is a bit different in style than previous albums Moonwood, there is the whole song material, while, as before, his music was mostly instrumental, sometimes he sings, like spells, phrases, and even more of his singing was more like a curve, even with tools Moonwood sound, simulating the melancholy tone of the human voice (despite some similarities with Grouper, Moonwood music is not as depressing as it may seem, the measure of the conventions they have always respected, and in general, but rather a kind of cabaret makabr). And if this album to your music Jakob Rehlinger described in terms such as acid folk and drone folk, here it is closer to the Gothic alternative country music. If the window nasty rainy weather or if you pull up to the last visit to the dentist, the best soundtrack to your life do not come up.”

Split tape 1/2 review at Foxy


I’ve been trying to find this Foxydigitalis review for a while now. Seems I shouldn’t have given up before Jan 24th. They said very nice things about RobRobRob.

Also, the Moonwood test pressings have come in and we’re in the process of checking them out. River Ghosts is sounding pretty good, I think.

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