Album: Moulettes, Moulettes (Balling the Jack)
Friday 23 July 2010
Moulettes are an oddity even among the diverse ranks of the new folk boom, with the constant presence of Ruth Skipper's bassoon giving their sound a little of the flavour of 1970s early-music chamber-folkies Gryphon.
But there's something more theatrical about Moulettes' approach that tugs them closer to The Tiger Lillies, especially on gruesome pieces like "Bloodshed in the Woodshed", the folk-song equivalent of an Edwardian drawing-room murder tale, and the satanic romance "Devil of Mine".
Violin and cello are attacked with gusto throughout the album, driving the arrangements into unusual territories – "Cannibal Song" being a curious blend of Balkan fiddle, bluegrass banjo and bouncing bassoon, and "Requiem" is where traditional folk meets Holst's "Mars, bringer of war".
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