Dead Can Dance
I understand this Dead Can Dance 'rivival' is a letdown for some due to the direction taken, but as a newcomer to this party I absolutely love it! The thick layer of atmosphere in the sound creates a warm mystical soundscape which intrigues the listener.It's tribal, folky, mysterious, colorful and energetic.
With the 6th installment of the original trilogy Shpongle shows they still got the mojo. Less generic samples and sounds, a more solid bass foundation and overal crazy fun production and some daring takes in genre mixes while staying true to the Shpongolese spirit. Darn fun!
Chill-out / Lounge Electronica Goa Psybient World
A Piece for Mind & Mirror
Seeing Skuggsjá (Wardruna & Enslaved) perform live was a real privilege, since it wasn't really supposed to be more then a one time thing. The record that wasn't supposed to be made is here now and it's a proper reflection of the project. Deep folk and roaring folk-black metal.
Avant-Garde Folk Folk Metal Metal Neo Folk World
The Finnish folk project with potential, were forgotten for 8 years. Till now, and I'm sad to say, it's lost it's shine. The sole instrumentation sounds forced and missing the atmosphere of the earlier records. Sad, because I really, really wanted this to be amazing..
Folk Neo Folk World
Hang Playing Hedge Monkeys
This is just a very nice exercise in dual-hang-playing, live recorded and dressed with ambient noises to make a relaxing and easy flowing chill record. The hang is a magical instrument, and this album is one where they come out like just that.
Chill-out / Lounge Downtempo Folk Roots World
The United Nations, Xavier Rudd
Rudd teaming up with a African reggae act? Couldn't be more psyched! But alas, the result is dry, lacks inspiration and tends to disappear as a nondescript tree in the monotonous forest of reggae. It lacks an image.
Reggae Roots World
A unique mixture of world music, Japanese traditionals, progrock, ambient and jazz, from the 70s! It is truly a remarkable experience of music from the East, sadly Kitajima later fell into the cheesy eastern-new-age cliches. But at least this work is still out there, and it still resounds.
Experimenteel Folk Progressive rock Psychedelische rock World