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Smoke Fairies
Blood Speaks (Entertainment One Records)

04/11/13
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



4/11/2013 - The second official full-length from this pair of U.K. goth-folk girls finds them slowly backpedaling from the too-commercial approach of their last one, Through Low Light & Trees, which probably would have been better if there’d been some modicum of the ambient layering that goes on here, never mind the swampy, broke-down qualities of their 2010 collection of B-sides and whatnot, whose low-budget production perfectly matched the girls’ old-soul feel. Lots of people will mistake this material for Loreena McKennitt’s — the voices are very similar to hers — but McKennitt wouldn’t fit in on a True Blood soundtrack the way this stuff could. Earth-dog stoner chicks will appreciate “Awake” and its nice weird ’70s-style fadeout, like something you might have heard if Linda Ronstadt had jammed with Led Zeppelin. Sideways Tori Amos nod on tour-van-triptych “Daylight,” with its ghostly-gloomy piano; a cappella Enya overtones on the desolate title tune. A






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