THE RAVEN'S EMPIRE
a thoroughly haunting affair, steeped in vintage synths, a 30 piece orchestra, dissonant horns & thoughtful vocals.
mystical song titles 'the crows & the rooks', 'the day the devil slipped away', 'death won't have me' evoke hammer horror, the wicker man & american gothic, but david bramwell's quaint english vocalisation, pitched somewhere in the middle of pink floyd, robert wyatt, talk talk & japan, have that ever so polite timbre which can subtly veer into the macabre. the combination of rootsy guitars, bubbling synths, sparse, ornate productions & gentle, hushed vocals convey the otherworldly tones of a neil gaiman novel in which the new, the old, the peculiar & the supernatural tangentially exist together. impressive “folktronica” for fans of tunng / diagrams or dollboy.
1. The Day The Devil Slipped Away
2. Winter In A Strange Town
3. We Will Be Here
5. The Crows & The Rooks
6. When The Comet Came
7. You’ve Come To These Woods...
8. Death Won’t Have Me