Sunday, May 21, 2006


ALBUM: The Eighteenth Day Of May
FILE UNDER: Folk Rock / Psychedelic
LABEL: Hannibal
INFO: The Eighteenth Day Of May's shared love of the English folk music of Shirley Collins and Martin Carthy, the West Coast pop of The Charlatans and The Byrds and the psychedelia of Spacemen 3 and The Brian Jonestown Massacre results in music with a twisted beauty, not to mention some of the trippiest murder ballads you’ll ever hear. Here's what Time Out magazine had to say about our debut album: The psych-folk revival continues with these London acid popsters, whose perky jangle and honeyed drone draws on the same formula as folk rock originals Fairport Convention and Pentangle. Think Brian Jonestown Massacre with a traditional, fingerpicking twist, some jazzy Danny Thompson and Terry Cox-styled grooves and drawn-out space rock and you’re almost there. Groovy man. Chris Parkin And the NME are pretty keen on it too: London-based collective The Eighteenth Day Of May have enchanted many people over the past year, casting their folk-rock spell at low-key gigs in and around the capital. For those people who are still scared of the ‘F’ word – and that can’t be many in these Devendra-dominated days – The Eighteenth Day Of May mix up the dulcimers with a languorous, droney sound that reveals them to be just as keen on Spacemen 3 as Steeleye Span. The end result is this beautifully bucolic album of songs about forests, twigs and trees that sounds like a musical Indian summer, guaranteed to lighten up the darkest of winter nights. Nathaniel Cramp
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