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june 2010

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info opinion

Quiet Bears & Doby Watson

"God/Fate" EP

Orchid Collective

Genre: freak folk

November 2009

Fleeting and wistful, this brief disc strolls by delightfully, revelling in its own ritualistic sound. From a generic perspective, this EP has an odd flow. The first and third tracks, "Man" and "Woman," are understated dabbles in instrumental folk, sweet and charming like early work by John Fahey. Quite disparately, "Son" is a two minute, tribal drum-circle procession, and "Daughter" is all chanted vocals and hand-drums. The overall record belongs distinctly to the whole freak folk movement, in the sense of its ceremonial quirkiness and its organic, acoustic sound. Criminally short, God/Fate is a solid listen while it lasts, but it's the quaint folk gems that stand the test of time.

quiet bears' myspace / doby watson's myspace

Quiet Bears' solo work: 

Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 4 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2009]