A throwback to the SoundDoc days of yore when harmonies were the primary currency and trade agreements were settled almost exclusively by contests of fingerpicking and beards. Those days may be gone but there’s still some pretty ol’ folk floating around, even if the most of it sounds too similar to be distinguishable. This one’s an overseas band (obviously I’ve done my reasearch) called Wickerbird who have a new record coming out called The Crow Mother. The lead single ‘Druids’ (and from what I’ve heard from the record stream, the whole album) is a haunting wash of layered vocals. Blake Cowan’s voice hovers above the crackle and pop of the recording with but the barest instrumentation behind it, be they Bon Iveresque acoustic chord progressions (see: Tripoli) or just the dull thump of a slow, earthen beat. Oh, you know what this reminds me of? The Wilderness of Manitoba. I don’t know how to explain to you that the forest sounds you can hear in the background of some parts of the record are actually really endearing without hating myself for it, so let’s not think too hard on it. Really lovely stuff.