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OFFA REX (OLIVIA CHANEY & THE DECEMBERISTS)

THE QUEEN OF HEARTS

NONESUCH



cd

Released: 14th Jul 2017

£11.99


140g lp + download

Released: 14th Jul 2017

£19.99


a compelling transatlantic musical conversation, that flirts with psychedelia and trad folk rock while maintaining its own inimitable identity, drawing largely on traditional English-Irish-Scottish repertoire to create a new beast entirely.

From the heady harpsichord swirl that engulfs album opener ‘The Queen of Hearts’ to the warm, delicate drone of ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’, or the cold, grey riff that heralds ‘Sheepcrook and Black Dog’, it’s evident that Offa Rex is different indeed, upending its folk roots and imbuing these songs with exploratory verve. If you like the collaboration between trembling bells and bonnie prince billy, you’re quids-in here. “You’re not going to go far wrong with Chaney – a thrilling singer, the Anne Briggs of her generation – on a set of folk standards, but Meloy and co also deliver. A shimmering, echoing ambience includes chiming guitars, drones, cello, harpsichord and harmonium…echoes of Fairport, Span, Thompson et al abound, but Offa Rex has its own compelling identity, and should win Chaney an international name.” 4/5 – the guardian

THE QUEEN OF HEARTS

Tracklist

  1. The Queen of Hearts
  2. Blackleg Miner
  3. The Gardener
  4. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  5. Flash Company
  6. Old Churchyard
  7. Constant Billy (Oddington) / I’ll Go Enlist (Sherborne)
  8. Willie o’ Winsbury
  9. Bonny May
  10. Sheepcrook and Black Dog
  11. To Make You Stay